DuBOIS — In December 2019, DuBois woman Wendy Swope donated stem cells to her brother, James Lee, to aid him in his fight against Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML).
Swope was a 100 percent match, which only occurs 20 percent of the time in these transplants, she says.
For James Lee, it all started with a bad migraine July 20, which is when he found out his white blood-cell count was over 100,000. Doctors sent him to UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had a bone-marrow biopsy and blood work done.
Lee was diagnosed with CML and found out it was “far progressed” at that time, Swope said. He underwent many chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and spinal taps.
Lee soon became famous at Shadyside for having so many visitors, Swope said. When he arrived home to DuBois, the “get well soon” cards and gifts sent to the house were