Just weeks into her freshman year of college, Becky Dame woke up with terrible stomach and back pains. A few days later, she received a life-changing diagnosis; she had leukemia. At the time, bone marrow transplants were a relatively new form of treatment, but Becky’s doctors recommended it as her best chance of survival. In 1992, she received a marrow transplant from her sister at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Upon Becky’s return to campus, she changed her major from music to nursing, inspired to help others going through similar experiences.
Over the next 18 years, Becky relapsed five different times—overcoming each relapse with support from her husband, family and church. In 2010, her doctors decided it was time for a different approach and turned to Be The Match® to find an unrelated donor match. By this time, Becky was a bone marrow transplant (BMT) nurse at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She was admitted as a patient into her very own unit and received her life-saving transplant a few months later.
Now, Becky has rejoined her team as a BMT coordinator and is supporting patients through their own transplant journeys. Additionally, Becky joined us in our advocacy efforts, advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of patients.