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In The News: Kersey remembered as bone marrow transplant pioneer

When John Kersey was honored Tuesday night at the University of Minnesota, those in attendance remembered one thing in particular about the late doctor — his pioneering spirit.

David Stahl, who Kersey gave the first bone-marrow transplant in the world in 1975, credited Kersey with saving his life. At the time of treatment, Stahl had been suffering from malignant lymphoma.

“If it wasn’t for Dr. Kersey, I wouldn’t be here,” Stahl told the Star Tribune. “He was the one who said, ‘This is your one option. Let’s try this.’ Other people could have said, ‘We have no help for you.’ ”

A year before treating Stahl, Kersey founded the University of Minnesota’s Blood and Marrow Transplant program. The organization continues Kersey’s innovative ways in the 21st Century, performing the first in-human trial of marrow stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells in 2010.

Kersey died in March of 2013. He was 74 years old. The native Minnesotan carried degrees from both University of Minnesota Medical School and Dartmouth College.

To read the full story on Kersey’s life, click here.

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