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Steve Buechler

Steve Buechler

AML Patient

Steve Buechler is a retired sociologist who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2016. He was treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and a double umbilical cord blood transplant.  He nicknamed his baby donors “Ralph” and “Gwen.” Three weeks after transplant, Ralph was 99% engrafted and he remains cancer-free four years later. His memoir How Steve Became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (with Jokes) is available at More information, including numerous blog posts and video presentations, may be found at

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