A routine physical exam in October 2015 changed my life.
Doctors were alarmed by my low white blood cell count and wanted to monitor it on a monthly basis. A few months later, blood tests showed a serious decline in red blood cells and platelets.
A bone marrow biopsy revealed a high percentage of the stem cells in my bone marrow were cancerous and unable to mature into healthy blood cells.
When I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (a precursor of acute myeloid leukemia) in July 2015, I don’t know what shocked me more...
One of the first features you notice about Travis Arnold is his wide smile. And, Travis has every reason to beam. He graduated this past May in the top 2% of his high school class and looks forward to attending The University of Texas at Austin in the fall.
Thanks to a haploidentical stem cell transplant, he’s also
celebrating his third year with no evidence of disease after a cancer
diagnosis at age 12.