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Bone marrow donor meets recipient for first time

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Elizabeth Bonilla, 15, with Hope Vasquez, 51. Vasquez' bone marrow donation helped send Elizabeth's leukemia into remission. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Bonilla. Second photo by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Elizabeth Bonilla celebrated her quinceañera Saturday, and her 15th birthday the next day.

The ceremony is a rite of passage for many Latinas, a time where they make the transition from girlhood into a young woman.

But for Elizabeth, the day had special significance — it came almost three years after a bone marrow transplant sent her leukemia into remission.

It also fell close to the anniversary she received her diagnosis — June 17, 2011 — two days after her 12th birthday.

Even after she received the diagnosis, Elizabeth said she tried to keep a positive attitude.

For the complete article see the 06-19-2014 issue.

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