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BY Cynthia DeMarco

In some ways, 2005 was a challenging year for Carrington Marzett. The 15-year-old sophomore was still settling in after a recent move from Oklahoma to Midland, Texas. Then, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“It was rough going through cancer treatment while I was still getting acclimated to a completely new place,” says Carrington, now 31. “I lost my hair twice, so I always wore a bandana. And I had to debunk...

Leukemia survivor Carrington Marzett today as an adult

BY Ronda Wendler

As one of off-road motorcycle racing’s greatest legends, Destry Abbott is used to pushing his body to the limit. That’s why he knew something...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Jorge Castillo’s back began to ache, he thought he’d injured himself at work.

“I install and repair electrical power grids, so...

BY Lori Baker

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Jordan Pietz is helping tell MD Anderson’s stories with his artistic talents and scientific knowledge.

Pietz works as a senior medical illustrator at MD Anderson, translating complicated scientific information into easy-to-understand drawings. He finds this job particularly meaningful after his own experience with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“It was difficult on several...

Senior medical illustrator Jordan Pietz

BY Ciara Toth

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached Houston earlier this year, I was already expecting it to affect my leukemia treatment...

BY Devon Carter

Natural killer cells – or NK cells – are part of our immune system. They patrol our bodies for abnormal cells like cancer and destroy them...

BY Ciara Toth

When I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia — a type of blood cancer — I knew that my case was going to be a tough one. As one...

BY Devon Carter

A cancer diagnosis can provoke a range of emotions and prompt endless questions. So throughout the year, we shared dozens of insights from...

BY Lori Baker

Ava can’t take her eyes off the laptop screen. But it’s not a game or a movie that has so fully captured the 7-year-old’s attention. It’s...

BY Devon Carter

A stem cell transplant is often the best option to treat blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma, as well as bone marrow...