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Gerald Madren

Gerald Madren, 50, lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Gerald underwent a stem cell transplant to treat chronic myelogenous blast crisis leukemia. He has been cancer free since 1999. Gerald, a fitness enthusiast, works as a press operator. He’s been married to his wife, Tammy, for 20 years. Gerald is photographed playing with his grandson Ayden Dockery, during a family reunion in Mebane, North Carolina.


“I was sick. I went down to 110 pounds from 200 pounds within a month . . . they were feeding me through a tube. But don’t give up, don’t start worrying and stressing. I had no immune system and here I am.”

Photographed: September 11, 2015