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4000th Bone Marrow Transplant | A Very Happy Re-Birth Day for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients & Families

The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center of Winship Cancer Institute performed its first transplant in 1979. On Wed., Sept. 25, 2013, it performed its 4000th transplant.

What did that number mean to lymphoma patient Vicky Scott, who was one of three people receiving a transplant on Wednesday?

It means that four thousand people get to be with their families, and get a new chance at life, she said from her room in the special transplant unit. Learn more.

From Hospice Care to Healthy with Bone Marrow Transplant

John Seay was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2010 and was successfully treated with chemotherapy at a center near his home in Cornelia, Georgia. But the chemo resulted in a second malignancy that brought him so close to death, doctors sent him home under hospice care. Learn more.

Bart Dunn - Celebrating 20 Years as a Leukemia Survivor!

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There is a very special moment when a bone marrow transplant patient starts receiving the transplanted cells. Stem cells course through the IV line into the patient's bloodstream, heading for the bone marrow where they will literally re-start the body's production of blood, the stuff of life.

So it's fitting that when that moment arrives, the staff of the hospital's bone marrow transplant unit crowd into the patient's room with balloons and sing happy birthday. It is truly a re-birth of life. Learn more.

Emory’s Bone Marrow Transplant Team Turns Despair into Hope

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Debbie Barth suffered from aplastic anemia, a disease in which bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells, and she was getting worse. She had had blood infusion after blood infusion, but they no longer helped her. She was possibly facing death after two years of living with the illness.

Debbie was being treated at an Atlanta hospital where doctors told her they would not give her a bone marrow transplant, which was her only real hope for surviving the chronic condition that was stealing more of her life each day.  Learn more.

Support Changes & Saves Lives for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

william fuentes and family

William Fuentes, a father of two pre-schoolers and a manager at a McDonald's, had a very busy life in Calhoun, Georgia, one of Atlanta's northern suburbs. While his wife took care of the little ones, he still tried to help out around the house while managing the duties of a busy restaurant.

William's busy life only got more complicated when the 30-year-old was diagnosed in 2012 with multiple myeloma, a disease he had never even heard of. The intense back pain he felt turned out to be a result of the disease. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, and then he had to have surgery to repair some of the damage in his back. Learn more.

Winship Cancer Institute Patients Participate in 5K Relay for Be The Match

A few days before the 2013 Be The Match Walk+Run 5K that took place on Saturday, June 15, bone marrow transplant patients, family members and staff at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University conducted their own 5-kilometer relay in the transplant ward of Emory University Hospital. Since some participants couldn't walk the entire circuit, most walked as long as they could before passing the baton off to the next person. Sixty-six laps around the transplant ward equaled five kilometers.

Bone marrow transplant patients and their family members often experience long weeks (and sometimes even months) of treatment. Learn more.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Olympic Games - Hoola Hoop Any One?

While the 2012 Summer Olympic Games continue in London, staff at Emory University Hospital are partaking in their own Olympic games. Dr. Amelia Langston, Medical Director of the Emory Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center has started an initiative that's literally bringing the Olympics back to Atlanta, with the Bone Marrow Transplant Olympics. While the event doesn't include your typical line-up of Olympic sports, Emory Healthcare staff, patients, and even family members can participate in fun, lighthearted competition such as: hula hoop contests, bedpan shuffleboard and wheelchair races. Learn more.