K&C - Greg Syrek, 26, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML – a blood cancer), Boston, with his mom, Anne Falvey, Woodstock, CT

Greg was diagnosed in April 2015. He had several months of nerve pain in his legs and knew something wasn't right. He was first diagnosed with pneumonia and when there was no improvement he went to see the doctors again. Initially the nurses in the ER did not think Greg had cancer, but Greg’s mom urged them to look into it more considering his father had leukemia. Greg’s father, Dan, had passed away in May 1992 from AML. Doctors first thought it was acute promyelocytic leukemia and not genetic. But after more testing, doctors determined it was AML caused by a defective chromosome that his father also had and the only way to cure would be a bone marrow transplant. After the bone marrow transplant and a long hospital stay, Greg is doing well. His only treatment (other than a couple of drugs taken as a preventive measure and for minor chronic GVHD) was in July/August 2015. He currently works in investor services at Brown Brothers Harriman and is also working towards his CFA designation.


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