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Episode One: Blood Marrow Transplant

Episode One: Blood Marrow Transplant

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36 minutes. Originally aired on September 15, 2009.
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Norris Cotton Cancer Center transplant nurse coordinator, Idalina Williams, describes the steps necessary to become a bone marrow donor. She also reminisces with her former patient Gerald, a bone marrow donor recipient and leukemia survivor, and Kevin, Gerald's bone marrow donor.

Kevin, of Norwalk, Connecticut, signed up for the registry in college, encouraged by his lacrosse coach to get involved. Seven years later, Kevin was called as a potential match for Gerald, who lives in Claremont, New Hampshire. Gerald was struggling with CML, a type of leukemia. Gerald received a transplant of Kevin's bone marrow in January 2008.