Medical City Dallas September 18, 2019

Dallas TX — Olympian Earl Young is celebrating eight years leukemia free after receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at Medical City Dallas.

Young was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 and was told he had three months to live. As a gold medal recipient in the 1960 Rome Olympics, Young was in good health before his diagnosis. He credits Medical City Dallas for helping him win his toughest challenge yet.

"They help you with your attitude and these are good people trying to help you," said Earl Young, Medical City Dallas bone marrow transplant recipient. "The two most defining moments of my life were winning the gold medal and whipping acute myeloid leukemia."

Medical City Dallas has performed more than 2,200 life-saving blood and bone marrow transplants since 1994.

"The Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Medical City Dallas offers comprehensive, personalized treatment using the latest technology for patients diagnosed with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or other blood disorders," said Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas.

Young will take part in a reunion this Saturday with other survivors who also received blood and marrow transplants at Medical City Dallas. Together they will celebrate the incredible milestone of survivorship. Young advocates for the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by encouraging others to register to become potential lifesaving donors.

View a video of Young's story