December Patient of the Month: Ilene McBride

December 17, 2009

Ilene was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007, and has bravely endured aggressive treatments for her cancer. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for this disease. Thankfully, her mother will serve as her donor as soon as Ilene is well enough to sustain the transplant surgery.

Though Ilene enjoyed a successful legal career, she found it didn't compare to the joys of motherhood. She and her husband, Tom, welcomed their first son in 2003, and Ilene gave up her career to become a full-time mother. Ilene and Tom enjoyed parenthood immensely, and their second son was born in early 2005. Unfortunately, he was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), commonly known as brittle bone disease. Within the first two months of his life, he suffered six fractures.

The McBride family coped well, despite the difficulties of their youngest son's life, and by 2006, they had settled into a comfortable routine. Soon, though, their lives were once again interrupted by unwanted news as Ilene received her diagnosis.

Although Ilene knows she faces a battle, she is determined to take on her sickness in the same way she has handled the rest of her life--with spirit, courage, hope and faith. She looks forward to the day she is cured, so she can continue on her quest of fundraising to help find a cure for her son's OI disorder.

To make a donation in honor of Ilene McBride, or any other NFT patient, please visit the NFT Web site.