Truth be told‚ 11-year-old Gregory Ramsey probably cares more about SpongeBob‚ Wii‚ and soccer than about the fact that he’s the 5‚000th recipient of a blood and marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota.
And his transplant team wouldn’t want it any other way. Giving kids like Gregory a chance to do just that—be kids—is a big part of what their work is all about.
Before his transplant last winter‚ Gregory‚ who has Fanconi anemia‚ could not make the blood cells he needed to stay healthy. Now‚ armed for life with an anonymous donor’s cells‚ he’s on the mend.
“It’s been a long haul‚ but not as long as some‚” Gregory’s mother‚ Mary Ramsey‚ says. “Our son is OK. We have our life to get back to‚ better than before.”