Teen cancer survivor and adopted family featured on Good Morning America
August 16, 2016 | by Letisia Marquez
ABC’s "Good Morning America" featured City of Hope psychologist Jeanelle Folbrecht, Ph.D., and her family on its “Ultimate Heroes” segment today.
In the fall of 2014, the Folbrechts took then 13-year-old Dominick into their home at a time when he needed them most. Jeanelle knew that Dominick was alone in a City of Hope hospital fighting a return of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“After reviewing his case and talking to those providing care for him, I realized he didn't need a psychologist,” Jeanelle said. “He needed a mom.”
The Folbrechts cared for him while he received a bone marrow transplant from Vanessa Brobbey, an unrelated donor. Because of the transplant, his cancer is now in remission.
Dominick met his donor during an emotional meeting at City of Hope’s Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion recently. The Folbrechts are now in the process of adopting him.
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