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Marty’s story began in September of 2017. After months of knee pain and doctors visits, radiologists discovered some abnormalities in his bone marrow, and he was soon after diagnosed with Primary Myelofibrosis (MF), a rare blood cancer. Although MF can't be treated, it can be cured with an allogenic stem cell transplant. Because bone marrow transplants carry such a large risk, having a match of human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) is critical to the success of the transplant and life afterwards. Fortunately, Marty's sister, Janet, was a perfect HLA match, and she spent the week of September 30th donating her stem cells. Two years after diagnosis, Marty will begin his transplant process at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on October 7, 2019.
While Myelofibrosis is a complicated disease, Mayo Clinic has provided a good amount of information about Marty’s condition.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myelofibrosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355057