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Former NHL Hockey Player Meets Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donor for First Time.

LOS ANGELES--(BW SportsWire)--July 2, 1999--

Four years ago, Milos Holan, then a professional hockey player with the NHL's Anaheim Mighty Ducks, was diagnosed with leukemia.

He subsequently underwent a bone marrow transplantation (BMT) at City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

Today, Holan met Robert Stransky Jr., his life-saving bone marrow donor from Jessup, Md., for the first time. Holan had no family members who were a marrow match, but fortunately, Stransky was identified as his life-saving bone marrow donor through the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, a national database of potential donors. Today, Holan is a professional hockey player in his native Czech Republic and hopes to return to the NHL soon.

"Meeting Robert today was a wonderful experience. Without his gift of life, the miracle of BMT and City of Hope, I wouldn't be here today," explains Holan. "It's amazing how the compassionate act of a complete stranger saved my life. And it's not just my life; my disease and recovery impacted everyone around me."

"It's gratifying to know that I had a part in giving someone a second chance at life," says Stransky.

Milos' recovery is nothing short of miraculous, according to his physician, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., of City of Hope. "Milos experienced numerous complications and prolonged hospitalizations. For him to be playing professional hockey again is an inspiration to all BMT patients and all cancer patients," explains Dr. Forman.

City of Hope is one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including diabetes and HIV/AIDS. A pioneer in the field of BMT, City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. To learn more about City of Hope, visit the Web site at www.cityofhope.org.
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