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Chuck Dandridge – Hoping Together

Chuck Dandridge

People with cancer find hope in many ways. It may be through the support of family members, or it may be through a new treatment. For Chuck Dandridge, the two were intertwined in a way he could’ve never imagined.

Chuck was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013, which became acute myeloid leukemia by 2014. That’s when he entered UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Here, Chuck would become the first adult in the U.S. to receive a newly modified stem cell transplant that uses genetically engineered blood cells from a family member. That family member? His son, Jon.

Chuck would become the first adult in the U.S. to receive a newly modified stem cell transplant that uses genetically engineered blood cells from a family member.

The transplant worked and Chuck’s leukemia is now in remission. His days are filled with the normal moments he wasn’t sure he’d ever have again. Activities like church and basketball, the movies, and family time. And his son, Jon? He’s still looking forward to helping dad, this time by teaching him yoga.

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