Pat Sears-- Paying It Forward as a Dedicated Peer Support Volunteer 
for the nbmtLINK. 
Pat, left with husband 
 Harold Sears
Pat's family, July 2016 at Silver Lake Sand Dunes
Pat's journey will inspire you!

I won't go into all the details of my journey with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but my story began in November 1999, when I was diagnosed as a grade two (follicular mixed) NHL stage III. I did well until June 2004 when I developed bilateral pleural effusions.

For more of Pat's  story  and why she loves being a Peer Support Volunteer,

 Tandem Was A Huge Success  for  the nbmtLINK
Seen here, Cindy Burke, left and Peggy Burkhard, right at the booth

It was a great conference for us, with the chance to learn and meet so many new and wonderful supporters. We gave away books and coloring books! We shared updated program ideas and we made many new friends. Of course, we always love seeing old friends too. 
 Tandem 2018 will take place in Utah. 

Milestone Stories Wanted! 
We'll  kindly  send you a free book as a thank you.

  The nbmtLINK is proud and excited to be celebrating this wonderful milestone in 2017. Do you have a short story about how the LINK has helped you in these past 25 years? We are all ears. Help us tell our story through your stories--how did we help you and yours? Survivors, caregivers and health care professionals are invited. Those who submit a short essay will receive a free book of their choice as a thank you. Please contact Peggy Burkhard at (50 to 100 words suggested.) Please send a photo too. We love to see and hear from you.

Your tax-deductible donations make our programs and new books possible. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions. 
How do You Celebrate Your Transplant Anniversary?
Transplant survivors celebrate two birthdays each year, the day they were born and the day of their transplant. 

We invite all survivors to celebrate by receiving a colorful card from the nbmtLINK to commemorate the day. If you would like to receive a card, please contact Cindy Burke at 800-546-5268 or email,

Special thanks to the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), proud sponsors of this program.
Peer Support Volunteers Wanted and Needed! 
 Or....maybe you need a listening ear
Want to help others navigate this journey? We are expanding this program and we are looking for peer support volunteers. Or perhaps you would love to talk to a survivor or fellow caregiver. Learn more about either or both. Please email Jennifer Gillette at Jen is our staff social worker and would love to hear from you. 
T ogether, we can help others!
Visit us: Bone Marrow Transplant Link
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We Invite You to Become A Link Partner!
Link Partners include cancer centers and allied partners who annually support our mission of providing psychosocial support to patients, caregivers, their families and health care professionals dedicated to helping people navigate a bone marrow transplant. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits (books, programs, hyperlink on our website, bookmark inclusion) to being a Link Partner, please do not hesitate to contact us at (248) 358-1886. Want a free bookmark which lists our many Link Partners? Let us know and we will send you one!
American Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT)
Anthem, Inc.
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center
Be The Match
Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, John Theurer Cancer Center at
Hackensack UMC
Blood Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital
Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
City of Hope 
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
DKMS (formerly Delete Blood Cancer)
Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Henry Ford Transplant Institute
Incyte Corporation
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Meredith A. Cowden Foundation
Nebraska Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine 
Spectrum Health Cancer Center
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
UPMC CancerCenter
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link