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Blackwell to receive stem cell transplant

The above picture is of the Blackwell family in Hoisington. They are, back from left, Kagan and Jim, and in front, Chandler, Anita and Tanner Blackwell.

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HOISINGTON — Hoisington Middle School student Tanner Blackwell was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010, has undergone chemotherapy treatment and will undergo a stem cell transplant this month in Houston.

The process involved in receiving a stem cell transplant is lengthy and complex. Tanner is scheduled to enter the hospital today, and will receive the donor cells on June 14.

The anonymous donor of the stem cells is a perfect match. The family members were tested, but the donor was closer to Tanner’s cells than family members.

Jim Blackwell, Tanner’s dad, wanted to encourage everyone to be tested ...

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