Gift of ‘Life’ for the One Who Had Accepted Death



Denise Kennan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 8. It is a blood cancer that originates in your lymphatic system and spreads. Struggling to live the blessing of life, Kennan is 66 now. She has gone through different phases of trials to save her life and lost hope when she was revealed with the news that cancer has invaded her chest and lungs.

The hopelessness of Keenan was only until she didn’t undergo CAR-T cell therapy. Keenan was treated with this therapy at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. In CAR-T cells therapy patient’s immune cells are made to attack the cancer cells. Chimeric Antigen Receptor gene is the one which provides a platform for altered cells to attach. Human blood cells are altered in a way that this gene is added to their cells so that cells could attach to specific proteins on cancer cells.

CAR-T cells are grown in a laboratory and treated to patients through infusions. According to Paolo Caimi, a virus introduces this genetic modification over 12 to 14 days.

Keenan, who was once expected to die soon, has celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary with Jim. She went a CAR-T cells therapy trial in the month of July and got rid of cancer. She is cancer free now and is hopeful that her cancer might never come back again. Besides Keenan’s strong hope, we do not know what’s going to happen the next day. So live life to its fullest as nobody knows what’s waiting for us