Robert Patenaude - CML - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
At the age of 22, in 1981 when he was a medical student at the University of Montreal, on the announcement to Dr. Robert Patenaude who had chronic myeloid leukemia, he was given 24 to 36 months to live. His attending physician, Dr. Claude Perreault, then proposed to him in 1982 an innovative solution from the United States, namely a bone marrow transplant which offered a 25% chance of recovery. Fortunately, his sister Diane was compatible with a donor. Dr. Patenaude thus became the first transplant recipient in Canada.