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Success Stories

Phillip with His Wife

Survivor of Rare Lymphoma Looks Forward to the Future

Phillip Koubik was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in 2007. He was treated at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC), where he received a stem cell transplant in 2009. He has been in remission since October 2009...

Sylvia Stetz

Leukemia Survivor Sylvia Stetz is "Forever Grateful" for the Excellent Care She Received at UMGCC

In December 2004, Sylvia Stetz visited her doctor to receive treatment for pneumonia. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, causing her doctor to send her to the hospital for evaluation. After performing a bone marrow test, Sylvia was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)...

Ellen Kaner Bresnick

Clinical Trial Provides Promising New Treatment for Waldenström's Patient

Ellen Kaner Bresnick is used to doing her homework. A veteran English teacher of 36 years, she wasted no time researching everything she could find on the Internet when she was first diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in February of 2006...

Sarah DeGraves

Celebrating Her Recovery from Leukemia Treatment and a Stem Cell Transplant, Survivor Runs Half Marathon to Raise Funds for Leukemia Research

At age 22, Sarah DeGraves was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, and underwent a stem cell transplant at the UMGCC. She marked her five-year post-transplant anniversary by running....

Eileen Diener with her children

CML Patient Finds Transplant Team a Comfort

Eileen Diener was treated in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the UMGCC. Since her successful treatment, the mother of three has entered a Master’s program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work with the goal of becoming a social worker in the BMT program where she was once a patient...

Bonnie Downing

Bone Marrow Transplant Gives Multiple Myeloma Patient a New Life

Before her diagnosis in late 2001, Bonnie Downing’s symptoms were fairly unremarkable. The Owings Mills resident was tired all the time and she had been having some back pain. She also knew she was anemic, but she didn’t suspect anything serious when she went to see her primary care doctor...

Gary Jobson

America's Ambassador of Sailing Goes from Cancer Advocate to Cancer Survivor

World-class sailor and America's Cup winner Gary Jobson has led ambitious expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica, won practically every sailing award there is, and been inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. He was among the NBC commentators during the sailing events in the 2008 Summer Olympic...

Arlene Kurland

Decision to Participate in a Cancer Clinical Trial a "No-Brainer" for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

Arlene R. Kurland was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the UMGCC. She was treated by Dr. Aaron P. Rapoport, associate professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a specialist in blood cancers...

Susan J. Marcheski

Trials and Triumphs: How Clinical Trials Can Offer New Hope to Cancer Patients

Clinical trials play a very important role in improving the survival and quality of life of patients with many types of cancer. By participating in a research study or cancer clinical trial, individuals touched by cancer have an opportunity to help in the fight against cancer by making progress towards...

Julie Shub

Preserving Fertility Before Cancer Treatment Allows Young Lymphoma Survivor to Realize Her Dream of Parenthood

In 2001, Julie Shub was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. One month after finishing chemotherapy, Julie discovered her lymphoma had returned. Her oncologist referred her to Dr. Aaron Rapoport at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center...

Barry Stevens

Cancer Treatment Experience Leads Former Patient to Become Medical Center

If security department employee Barry Stevens greets visitors and staff at the University of Maryland Medical Center with just a slightly warmer smile or perhaps a bit more empathy than most, there's a good reason. A brush with a life-threatening illness four years ago -- and his own experience being treated for cancer...


This page was last updated on: September 14, 2012.