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Ben's Story- Ben was diagnosed with Leukemia on April 18, 2016. He was treated at the Blank Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa with several cycles of chemotherapy into 2017. His maintenance treatment for his cancer was completed February 2018. On January 8, 2019, during a routine follow up, his bloodwork showed elevated cell counts. A bone marrow biopsy was performed and confirmed a relapse of his leukemia. The diagnosis was CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia). Treatment was again started. March 5, 2019- Ben's first face to face consultation with Mayo Clinic doctors for a stem cell transplant occurred. Several consults and evaluations continued with Mayo, and the search for a donor through the bone marrow registry also began. Ben's brother Drew, was also contacted for some testing as a possible donor match. May 30, 2019, Mayo concluded that Ben's brother was the best candidate as a donor. Mayo was now also monitoring Ben's cancer cells to be reduced as close to zero as possible for the transplant. June 2019- Drew's stem cells were collected, Ben was cleared for the transplant process to begin and the transplant was scheduled. July 12, 2019- Stem Cell transplant Day!