My husband, Bob Chappell, sadly, is no longer a survivor, but he did survive AML for four years, which is an extremely long time to live after diagnosis without a stem cell transplant.
In 2012, he was diagnosed at age 79 at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. We quickly returned to Chicago where Dr. Olga Frankfurt at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago treated him. Unfortunately due to his age, he was not eligible for a stem cell transplant, but Dr. Frankfurt was able to enroll Bob in a clinical study and he responded extremely well to treatment, going into remission. He stayed in remission until March, 2015 when he relapsed. As Dr. Frankfurt told me at the time, this news was devastating.
He was enrolled in more studies and had several rounds of chemo and too many bone marrow biopsies to count, as well as numerous infections and hospitalizations. Throughout it all he remained optimistic and more than willing to try the next treatment offered. Unfortunately, he lost his battle July 26, 2016.
Bob always appreciated that LLS was responsible for funding significant research, which contributed to his treatment. He was delighted to participate in three Light the Night Walks, and so thrilled to carry the white lantern. Our whole family participates as Team Trout Lake and raised over $2000 in 2016. We continue to walk in Bob’s honor and raise funds for this worthy cause.