Stories of Hope

Sherri Cunial

My family and I have been hit with cancer multiple times. On April 2, 2003 I was diagnosed with leukemia and my only chance for a full and permanent remission was a stem cell transplant, which took place on July 23, 2003 and saved my life. My brother was my donor and now he is fighting pancreatic cancer, a battle that is not in his favor. I cannot give him his life back, as he gave me mine, but I believe the most probable future cure is through stem cell research. Therefore I am doing everything I can to support this incredible technology. We have lost many members of our family to cancer over the years. My mother is a cancer survivor and one of my cousins was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer a month after my leukemia diagnosis. Thankfully she is in full remission and recovering.

The picture enclosed is of all our first cousins (except one) on my mother's side taken just 5 months before my diagnosis. Out of a total of 9 cousins, three of us have fought the battle this past year!! My brother is on the left, I am standing next to him and my other cousin mentioned above is sitting in the white shirt. I want to see a cure for this horrible disease before more children like my brother's, my cousin's, or my own have to watch this suffering, perhaps grow up without a parent, or even suffer from it themselves!!

Paid for by YES on 71: Coalition for Stem Cell Research and Cures, #1260661
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