It was 1983, and the stars were aligning for Laura DiLella. She and her husband, Jim, just had a baby boy after a long struggle with infertility. Laura was back at work as a nurse at a New Jersey hospital, a job she loved. Then Laura started having bouts of fever and fatigue. She went to her physician, never expecting the diagnosis: acute myelogenous leukemia. She and Jim were devastated. Suddenly, the stars fell from the sky.
Three thousand miles away, as Laura and her family contemplated treatment options and struggled with the plague of emotions that stalk a frightening disease, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and a team of researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle were pioneering techniques in bone marrow transplantation that held hope for patients like Laura. Her oncologist urged her to go to Fred Hutch.
Laura made the journey to Seattle for treatment. Over the next four months, with the help of her family and friends (her sister would be her bone marrow donor), she went through the arduous and often lonely ordeal. When she returned home, Laura was filled, as she described, "with a sense of hope for my future" and a determination to help others going through the same thing.
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Five years later, Laura became an oncology counselor and helped start a bone marrow transplant support group at the medical center where she then worked. Three decades after her cure, Laura still practices what many cancer survivors discover — the joy of living one day at a time. She and Jim have especially found everyday joy in watching their son, Jimmy, grow up. He is now a successful and happily married man, soon to be a father himself.
During her time at Fred Hutch, Laura learned two indelible lessons: Cures for cancer can spring only from innovative scientific research, and the embrace of family and friends is vital for patients as they journey through treatment. For these reasons, Laura and Jim have established a charitable lead trust, which provides income to support patients through Fred Hutch's Family Assistance Fund.
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