Rachael’s Story

Rachael and her son, William

Rachael Neihart, wife and new mom, is a 12 year blood cancer survivor. Rachael was diagnosed at the age of 20 with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood cancer. Her only hope for survival was a Bone Marrow Transplant. Rachael received the gift of new life from her unrelated donor in October 2006. Since her diagnosis and transplant, Rachael has become an advocate to increase visibility and support for blood cancer patients. Rachael worked for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as an Honored Patient, Intern and on staff as a Special Events Campaign Assistant. She also worked for The National Marrow Donor Program which operates Be the Match Registry as a Community Engagement Representative. Rachael helped recruit people to join the registry to find more matches for patients in need.

Since her diagnosis and transplant, Rachael has become an advocate to increase visibility and support for blood cancer patients.

Rachael is also a volunteer with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The National Marrow Donor Program-Be The Match Registry, Children’s Mercy Hospital and is also part of the KU Medical Center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Mentor Program. She also supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by doing event photography for events such as the LLS Children’s Pediatric Holiday Party, one of Rachael’s favorite events of the year. Rachael loves to give back to the community and help patients in need.

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