Nicole was an active student who loved cheerleading and hanging with friends. But at just 14 years old, her carefree lifestyle was cut short: she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), an aggressive disease that rendered her bone marrow 97 percent cancerous. Nicole came to City of Hope, where doctors replaced her malfunctioning marrow cells with healthy marrow from an unrelated donor. Today, Nicole rides horses and has even gone swimming with sharks in the waters of Hawaii. When she visits the children in the same pediatric ward where she once resided, she tells the young patients to never give up, sharing her own experience as encouragement.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, we can help. Call 800-826-HOPE (4673) today for an appointment or second opinion. Our multidisciplinary team of experts and personal care team can take you through your options.