Big thinking precedes great achievement!
|Dr. Karl Blume 1938-2013|
|1st Stanford transplant 1987 David|
Dr. Blume started the Morrow Transplant unit at Stanford in 1987. A pioneer in the development of transplantation as a potential cure for people with leukemia and lymphoma, he was a "visionary". I have met the first patient and often wonder what it must have been like for him at his consult. He was 34, and had an aggressive form of leukemia and if untreated,he would be dead in 2 weeks. He understood the treatment was not yet proven effective in adult blood cancers,but he was offered that glimmer of hope and grasped it tightly with both hands!
|1st City of Hope transplant 1976 Jivani|
Today literally, thousands of lives have been saved because of his research and work. Between the City of Hope, where he started in 1976 with the first successful transplant and Stanford, the count is over 15,000.
Even though he was the "founding father" of this program, he was always most proud of the patients he treated. He loved life and helping people. At our annual transplant reunion, he would greet us with warm hugs,always surrounded by several former patients.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. BLUME!!
YOU MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE!!
I MISS YOU
|My 10th anniversary|