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Competitive Spirit Drives DiBernardi's Will to Survive

Lew DiBernardi had been one of the top soccer players in Western Pennsylvania. Always fit both mentally and physically for any opponent, Dibardi now faces his toughest challenge yet, mantel cell lymphoma, which is cancer of the immune system. Over the past year and a half he has undergone both surgery to remove tumors and a stem cell transplant. Dibemardi’s sister ended being the perfect match for the stem cells, but for the large number of patients who don’t have compatible donors in their families the options for finding a stem cell match may come from finding a donor through the National Marrow Donor Program or from umbilical cord blood drawn from newborn infants and stored for future use.

Lew DiBernardi had been one of the top soccer players in Western Pennsylvania. Always fit both mentally and physically for any opponent, Dibardi now faces his toughest challenge yet, mantel cell lymphoma, which is cancer of the immune system. Over the past year and a half he has undergone both surgery to remove tumors and a stem cell transplant. Dibemardi’s sister ended being the perfect match for the stem cells, but for the large number of patients who don’t have compatible donors in their families the options for finding a stem cell match may come from finding a donor through the National Marrow Donor Program or from umbilical cord blood drawn from newborn infants and stored for future use.

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