Derek Punchard was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 1999. The cancer spread to his abdomen and lungs. He was treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in 2000 and underwent a stem cell transplant.
He now lives a normal and happy life with his wife Christine and their two young sons, Cole 6 and Blake 4, in Huntsville, Ontario. In his spare time Derek is a volunteer firefighter and active in community initiatives.
Derek’s experience is a powerful reminder of how stem cells are transforming lives, and you can hear his story at the “Celebrate Science” event being held by the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine tomorrow in Toronto.
Attend the Scientific Symposium from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. It’s open to the public but you need to Reserve your seat quickly (seating is limited). Or send us your questions about how stem cells are helping to heal people like Derek.