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CIRM Stories of Hope: Stroke Survivors

Sonia Olea could not move her right arm after surviving a stroke at age 32. Her right leg was also weak, and it was nearly impossible for her to speak, making even the simplest tasks difficult. The realization that her life would never be the same was devastating, and some days she even wished she was..

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CIRM Stories of Hope: ALS

Dan Desmond was on a hike one day when he had to stop and return home—his legs were no longer working properly. His physical condition had been degrading for some time, but he had no idea that he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS. The disease continues to progress,..

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Sharing Mayo Clinic: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Years after overcoming an anemia condition when he was a child, Max Harris was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia—a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. His doctors recommended an aggressive treatment plan of induction chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplants take stem cells from the bone marrow or blood of..

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CIRM Stories of Hope: Pediatric Heart Failure

Only four months into their pregnancy, Mary and Tony Goulart found out that their child’s heart had not developed properly. The left side of the heart was severely underdeveloped, and the fetus suffered from several other heart defects. Their doctor told them that their baby was unlikely to survive, but the couple chose to do..

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CIRM Stories of Hope: Heart Failure

Fred Lesikar was playing with his granddaughter when he suddenly felt an intense pain radiating through his chest, back, and arms. By the time he got to the hospital, his heart had already sustained permanent damage. Simple physical tasks like walking around the block became incredibly difficult. Months after the heart attack, Fred enrolled in..

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