This weekend, Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur wrote about transplant survivor Ryan Kilbury and his unrelated stem cell donor, Joanne Wilkie. Joanne is a fire fighter who lives in Scotland. They were matched on the international bone marrow registry. Six years ago on Christmas Eve, Ryan received a stem cell transplant from Joanne’s cells, a procedure that saved his life. They met for the first time in Seattle last week.
As the holidays approach, we event managers are grateful for our affiliation with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Over the past dozen years, we’ve participated in the Hutch Holiday Gala (you can still make a reservation for December 3!), the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer and the Legacy for Life, 5+ year Transplant Survivor Reunion, and many initiatives highlighting the extraordinary research conducted within the Center’s walls every day.
While the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer captures our passion, witnessing this summer’s 5+ year survivor reunion pumped gratitude through our hearts. It was an incredible honor to spend two days with over 300 former patients who were directly impacted by the life-saving research pioneered at the Center.
They shared their stories in a special online Celebration Book, for all of us to read and appreciate.