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Steve Buechler

Steve Buechler

AML Patient

Steve Buechler is a retired sociology professor who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) 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. Steve subsequently became involved with Be the Match, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and other organizations as a peer patient counselor. He is also an advocate for the healing power of writing our stories. In this capacity, he serves on the community advisory board of an NIH study to bring writing by transplant survivors to newly diagnosed patients on a web-based platform, and he also teaches a writing workshop at Gilda’s Club. Information on his memoir “How Steve Became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (with Jokes),” as well as his speaking engagements, blog posts, and video webcasts can be found at

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