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Beloved Teacher Gets Transplant Green Light

Over a year ago, Monique Larson was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and was told she would need a bone marrow transplant to overcome the cancer. Despite the widespread response from hundreds screened as potential blood-marrow donors for Monique’s Native American/Northern European blood type, a matching donor remains unfound. In January, Monique and her husband Brad traveled to The University of Minnesota to discuss an umbilical cord blood transplant. The umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant has several advantages over a bone-marrow transplant, including reduced incidence or severity of graft-versus-host, the cord blood and tissue match doesn’t have to be perfect and the cord blood is more readily available. “The doctor said if I were his sister, this is what he’d tell me to do,” Monique said.

Over a year ago, Monique Larson was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and was told she would need a bone marrow transplant to overcome the cancer. Despite the widespread response from hundreds screened as potential blood-marrow donors for Monique’s Native American/Northern European blood type, a matching donor remains unfound. In January, Monique and her husband Brad traveled to The University of Minnesota to discuss an umbilical cord blood transplant. The umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant has several advantages over a bone-marrow transplant, including reduced incidence or severity of graft-versus-host, the cord blood and tissue match doesn’t have to be perfect and the cord blood is more readily available. “The doctor said if I were his sister, this is what he’d tell me to do,” Monique said.

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