Mel Mann: Beating Leukemia’s Odds

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Mel Mann: Beating Leukemia’s Odds

February 22, 2022

Mel Mann: Beating Leukemia’s Odds

On the show today I speak with Mel Mann, the longest living person who participated in the clinical trial for Gleevec. When Mel Mann was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at age 37 in 1995, he was told he had three years to live. But he’s here some 26 years later and still going strong. Mel served as a major in the U.S. Army.  He kickstarted blood marrow drives all across the country. He started running marathons to raise money for cancer research. He went back to school to become a high school English teacher. And now Mel serves as a cancer advocate and patient activist. He’s here to talk about his epic journey.

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