My Survivor Story: Mark Popadick, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Survivor

VIDEO | 11:00

When Mark Popadick was 15, his family traveled from their home in Buffalo, New York, to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City so he could undergo treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). After a bone marrow transplant, which cured the cancer but weakened his immune system, Mr. Popadick experienced fear about cancer recurrence that left him emotionally isolated.

Years later, sharing his story with a friend who needed a bone marrow transplant gave Mr. Popadick the confidence to get through treatment for thyroid cancer and a CML recurrence, as well as a hip replacement caused by the late effects of his cancer treatment. Now, Mr. Popadick encourages other survivors to share their own experiences, volunteer, and donate bone marrow.