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Celebrating Three Years Post-Transplant!

Name: Luisa Lyons
Event: TCS New York City Marathon
Date: November 5, 2017


In July 2014, six weeks before my 30th birthday, I was diagnosed with acute myloid leukemia. I was a non-smoking, barely drinking, vegetarian, who exercised and meditated. Not exactly the prime candidate for cancer, and definitely not a disease that more commonly affects men in their sixties. 

I underwent three rounds of chemo, full body radiation, and a stem-cell transplant. The day after my transplant, I watched the 2014 NYC Marathon from my window at Sloan Kettering and determined that one day I would run in the race.

The recovery was long, often painful, and frustrating. My fingernails fell off one-by-one, everything tasted like poison, I lost weight, gained weight, and went into early menopause.  

After three false starts, I was finally able to start running again. To celebrate two-and-a-half years in remission, I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon. What better way to celebrate my three year transplant anniversary, and say thank you to my amazing MSK team, than running the NYC Marathon?!

I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the research, and the cutting-edge treatments from Sloan Kettering. Help me raise funds to continue their incredible work and make leukemia a disease of the past.


Follow my training at www.luisalyons.com


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photo by Paula Fleischer

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