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Indians’ Carlos Carrasco not slowing down as he fights leukemia

Carlos Carrasco isn’t letting cancer change him. The Indians right-hander was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last month, but that has hardly slowed Carrasco, who has been throwing bullpen sessions with the hopes of pitching again for Cleveland this season. Carrasco spoke to media members Thursday for the first time since his diagnosis and said he’s thankful for the support he’s received from teammates and throughout baseball.

Batkid won our hearts. Now he’s cancer free.

When he was 5 years old and battling leukemia, the boy known as Batkid captivated the country as he dramatically “saved” Gotham from the bad guys in 2013. He just clinched another, much bigger, victory: He passed his 5-year mark being cancer free.

Risk & reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you’re cured

New treatment guidelines in the U.S. say certain leukemia patients can consider stopping Gleevec or similar drugs that were long thought to be needed for the rest of their lives. It’s just a pill or two a day but the drugs are expensive and have side effects.

Juno being sued over leukemia drug study

Juno Therapeutics and its CEO, Hans E. Bishop, are being named in a lawsuit over whether the biotechnology company misled investors about the death of a patient in a key study involving its drug intended to treat leukemia.

U-Hi’s Carbon graduating cancer-free after experimental treatment

In the midst of four cancer relapses during his high school career, Mitch Carbon came face-to-face with the fact that doctors had done all they could do for him. His acute lymphoblastic leukemia had progressed to his brain, and his doctors were simply buying him time.

Olivia Prater, Lucas Morgan to lead Mt. Spokane homecoming dance

Lucas Morgan basked in his coronation as king for a day. His arms shot up in triumph and a big smile broke across his face with the announcement he’d been elected Mt. Spokane High School’s homecoming king. The entire student body jumped to their feet, chanting: “Lucas, Lucas, Lucas.”

7-year-old girl needs bone marrow match

London Bowater, 7, is in the fight of her life, and her family is asking the Spokane community for help. London was diagnosed in 2011 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to help her survive.

Spokane Valley firefighters train in gear, step for charity

The weather leaned toward frigid Saturday morning, but temperatures in the teens didn’t stop members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department from stepping up to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The 15 firefighters that participated in Saturday’s outdoor stair-climbing fundraiser are members of the department’s team that competes in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle every March. Firefighters took turns climbing for 30 minutes each on two stair-climbing machines in front of the Rosauers at Sprague Avenue and University Road, wearing full firefighting gear and a face mask.

Ice-A-Rena event raises money for cancer research

Skaters tightened their laces Monday at Spokane’s Eagles Ice-A-Rena to raise money for cancer research. Even those among the approximately 150 skaters who seemed a little unsure carved new paths in the ice during the 90-minute event devoted to raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training.

Improved DNA sequencing helps leukemia treatments

ST. LOUIS – Doctors can now view patients’ leukemia from the equivalent of a helicopter instead of an airplane with new DNA sequencing of cancer cells, an analogy described by Richard Wilson, director of Washington University’s Genome Institute. The researchers led by Washington University studied the genetic profiles and mutations of 200 patients in St. Louis with acute myeloid leukemia, a blood cancer that can spread fast and is difficult to treat.

Front Porch: A mother reflects on losing a child

Karen Buck’s son David Gendron died on St. Patrick’s Day in 1999. He was a bright-eyed young man who entered a room full of strangers and came away with 20 new friends. He carried in his pocket small yellow balls with happy faces on them to give to people who were having a bad day. He loved music and cars, worked two jobs and had taken out a life insurance policy on himself and, concerned at how hard his mother was working, named her as his beneficiary.