"Hello, I want to tell you the Joaquín's story:
In 2007, at the age of 3, Joaquín was diagnosed with philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. We were told that the only hope for a cure was to undergo a bone marrow transplant.
He only has one sister and unfortunately she was not compatible. We are from Perú and in our country it is not possible to undergo a transplant from an unrelated donor, therefore through much effort and sacrifice we managed to bring him to Murcia to receive treatment.
After many tests and finally achieving complete remission, Joaquín was able to receive a transplant in December 2008 from an unrelated american donor. The donor was located by the Bone Marrow Donors Registry of the José Carreras Foundation.
Today, 3 years and 2 months after the transplant, we continue fighting against a graft versus host disease and the side effects from the medication. However, we carry on with the same strength to go forward".
Aida Horna, Joaquín's mother