#WhyIamRunning….Bruce is a 30 year survivor!!

Bruce at the 20th annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run sporting his his Survivor T-shirt
Bruce at the 20th annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run sporting his his Survivor T-shirt

 

I have been meaning to send a note your way about why I am running in this year’s Gibbon 5k. Here is my story in a nutshell.

This year’s Gibbons 5k is a special one for me.  I will be celebrating the 30 year anniversary of a successful bone marrow transplant to treat CML.  In April 1985, I was diagnosed with CML.  Bone marrow transplantation was just moving from being considered an experimental treatment to a being a standard treatment for leukemia at that time.  However, only a few hospitals were performing them on a regular basis.  On June 2, 1985, I was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  Over the course of 8 days, I received both chemotherapy and radiation to prepare my system to accept my sister Audrey’s bone marrow.  On June 14, 1985, I was given her bone marrow and the rest is history.  June 14, 2015 will mark 30 years since the transplant.  Running in the Gibbons 5k 4 days after the fact is a great way to celebrate this milestone in my life!