Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Tamara Belinc 

Donna Hill and her brother, Randy Jenkins, have always shared a special bond, but now they share even more than that — stem cells.


Donna volunteered to be a stem cell donor after Randy was diagnosed with a type of cancer called multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma, a progressive disease of the blood, is a cancer of the plasma cells, an important part of the immune system that produces antibodies to help fight infection and disease. Cells destined to become immune cells, like all blood cells, arise in the marrow from stem cells.


Randy was diagnosed after complaining of pain in his shoulder. His only other symptom was a nosebleed, but Donna said he didn’t think much about it. “He was going in to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff,” Donna said, “but blood tests showed he had cancer. They told him there was no cure, and he had only three days to live. We were devastated.” Read More »

Posted on 14 November, 2008 in Finance & Family, Gratitude, Helping Others, Inspirational Stories
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