Dan's story: A husband and father given a second chance at life

Within hours of being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, husband and father Dan was already talking to doctors about receiving a bone marrow transplant. His wife Andrea began researching the treatment options for this form of leukemia and saw her father's name, Dr. Robert Truitt, in all the information.

As it turns out, Dr. Truitt was a member of the MCW team of scientists in the 1990s that perfected bone marrow transplant techniques to cure people of their leukemia. They followed the generation of scientists who invented bone marrow transplantation and were able to dramatically improve outcomes for people who received transplants.

When Dan told Dr. Truitt about his diagnosis, his father-in-law told him to look no further than the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, its outstanding multiple myeloma program and Dr. Parameswaran Hari, one of the most well-respected bone marrow transplant physicians.

Today, after receiving a bone marrow transplant, Dan's cancer is in remission. Now retired, Dr. Truitt said he feels extremely grateful to see his work have a direct impact on a member of his family. The most contact he ever had with patients was examining their blood samples in the lab.

"It's almost like we were supposed to be together that way," Dan said of his father-in-law.

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