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Chicago Police Officer Magallon Receives Life-Saving Bone Marrow Transplant

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Chicago police officer and mother of four, Blanca Magallon, received a life-saving bone marrow transplant at UI Health from Dr. Daminano Rondelli, and is going home just days after the procedure. Magallon was diagnosed with an acute leukemia in July 2014, and was told that without a transplant her prognosis was bleak. After 6 months of searching, Magallon underwent the lifesaving transplant from an anonymous donor located through a worldwide registry by the University of Illinois Hospital transplant program. The procedure went well. Magallon says she's humbled by the outpouring of support and kindness and it has helped to define a new purpose in her life. The next few months and years are crucial in making sure Magallon's body doesn't reject the transplanted cells and that the leukemia does not come back. For now, Blanca Magallon is in remission and could be cancer free as she looks to her future. She is feeling pretty good and plans on returning to work in about three months.