Friday, January 8, 2010
An 18-year-old woman from Gardner, Kan., who has been fighting lymphoma for five years got a chance to thank 18 people who donated blood to help her.
During a meeting Thursday at the Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Hannah Miller met 13 people whose blood she received during her years of fighting the cancer.
Miller was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was 13. Since then, she's endured 11 surgeries, 81 days of chemotherapy, 26 spinal taps and more.
Miller's mother, DeeJo Miller, says whenever Hannah got a new supply of blood, her energy and sparkle returned.
She has been feeling much better since a stem cell transplant Nov. 29, 2005, though she still requires a two-hour transfusion once a week.