Kids Ask Dr. Phil: Ryan Follow-up

Kids Ask Dr. Phil: Ryan Follow-up
Dr. Phil follows up with a young leukemia patient.

When 8-year-old Ryan was on the show, he was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. Dr. Phil made his dreams come true and took him for a ride in his Formula One Ferrari.

"A lot's changed since I saw you last," says Ryan. He takes off his cap and shows a full head of hair. "I think I might have a little more hair than you. Sorry, it happens," he jokes. "The car was the best part of it all. It was awesome. Man, you're a crazy driver."

Ryan reports that he's still in chemo and is in and out of the hospital. "I have one more year of chemotherapy. The Dr. Phil show made me feel so much better. I almost felt like I wasn't on chemo."

He thanks Dr. Phil and Robin.

 

 

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Ryan did not need a bone marrow transplant, but many cancer patients do. Dr. Phil looks at his cameraman, Bert, whose wife is a cancer survivor. "Bert asked me to speak at a very inspiring event for the City of Hope, where bone marrow donors met their recipients," he says, introducing Jill Kendall,
the organization's program director.

"Every day, 3,000 patients search the national marrow donor registry hoping to get the good word that they have a marrow match, but many of them never find a match and ultimately end up dying from their disease," she says.

 

 

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"People think that becoming a bone marrow donor is this horrible experience that they have to go through ... that it's painful, it's dangerous, and that is simply not true," Dr. Phil points out.

Jill agrees. "It's a very simple procedure to join the registry," she says, saying that commitment is key. Donors fill out 15 minutes of paperwork and a short health questionnaire. "We ask for some contact information. We provide you some educational information, and then we take a small sample of your blood, which will be stored in the registry and matched against patients " children and adults " that are desperately needing a bone marrow match."

Should a match occur, there are two ways to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. "One of them is a surgical procedure, and the other is using a special machine that's similar to donating blood or platelets. Donors experience very few side effects and it's a
very low-risk procedure." Some side effects include soreness, aches and pains, but most donors return to work in a couple of days.

Potential donors can get find more information at www.cityofhope.org. "We hope that you'll register. We hope that you'll participate, because it is absolutely a gift of life," Dr. Phil says. "We would like to thank the Alliance for Children's Rights for being part of today's show and a special thanks to you, Janice Byer, for bringing us Tyerra's story."

 

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