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Manny A In Sickness & In Health

“It’s amazing how everything worked out,” Manny says. “I feel great.”

A cancer diagnosis was not going to stop Manuel August from marrying his true love.

In sickness and in health took on a new meaning for the Brick Township resident after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) nearly a year ago. With increasing pain and symptoms, time was of the essence and Manuel was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where his treatment and care began immediately. During his first 34 day stay, Manuel and wife Elizabeth tied the knot at his bedside. The couple, already engaged, did not want to wait another minute to become husband and wife in the face of his life-changing diagnosis.

In preparation for a stem cell transplant from his brother, Manuel underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments here. Since his transplant in February, he is thriving and we are proud that Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has provided him the specialized care he needed, while supporting his wife through this emotional journey. Most notable to Manuel was the personalized attention he received from our team.

In his words…

“I lost both of my parents to cancer and it wasn’t going to take me. I told myself I was going to beat this and the team at Robert Wood truly helped me do that. I was there for 34 days and they treated me like family. From the moment I got there they made me feel at home, all of them. I cannot say how much I appreciate their help. It is amazing how everything worked out. My most recent bone marrow biopsy showed that I am cancer free! I feel great.”

In the months since his return home, Manuel and Elizabeth renewed their vows in a very emotional ceremony surrounded by family and friends. They have been celebrating Manuel’s good health with plenty of fishing, outdoor activities and time spent with their granddaughter.

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