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Marty's Story

March 01, 2016

Marty640.jpg Meet Marty, leukemia survivor

In November of 2012, my wife had developed breast cancer. With the reputation that Moffitt Cancer Center has, that was the only place we wanted to go.

As a tribute to her, I decided to run the Gasparilla 5K. I had some stiffness in my right side. So having felt the way I felt and what was in my mind…after Debbie just leaving Moffitt, we decided to give them a try. They told me that I had acute mylogenous leukemia.

The bone marrow transplant was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. Emotionally, it took a big toll on me. Physically, it took a huge toll on me. But the people there were fantastic. Always with a supportive word. Always with a smile. They become your friends. They become your family.

Being a husband and being a father, foremost, is the most important thing in my life.  Trying to be an example to them, is my job in this world.

I want them to know that cancer can be fought. Cancer can be defeated. I’m living proof that you can make it.