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Video: "Bone Marrow Transplant Cures Young Golfer Of Sickle Cell Anemia"

The story of Marley Franklin, a 10-year-old girl "once held captive by excruciating headaches caused by sickle cell anemia" has been cured thanks to a bone marrow transplant from her little sister. Oh, and she's a lefty who played in the Junior World this year and has a killer swing.

Thanks to reader Diane for catching this keeper:

The sisters have a special connection that extends beyond shared blood.

They both share a passion for golf.

Marley’s parents had her play golf during her recovery and she’s proven a natural talent.

“She plays like Phi Mickelson,” her dad said.

Marley has entered quite a few tournaments, collecting plenty of medals along the way.

Earlier this year, Marley played at Torrey Pines, the same tournament Tiger Woods entered when he was a boy. She didn’t win, but Marley now has an international ranking among 10-year-old girls: “I’m 55th in the world.”

Okay, so some rankings are great things!

The segment from KCBS, well worth your time compared to say, some dudes on the Tonight Show:

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Reader Comments (4)

Great for her! I hope she surpasses all of her goals!
08.19.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Good on her and her sister and whole family. Have a long healthy life filled with lots of golf and other good things!

Gene therapy has not yet met its potential for a less risky and toxic cure so this offers hope to those who have a good match.
08.19.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeoffreyC
best wishes!
08.19.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

My brother-in-law, Dr. Robert H. Broyles, hard at work on a gene therapy solution for sickle cell anemia. So proud of him. Here's a link to a video in which he explains what he and his associates are developing. Exciting and hopeful stuff indeed!
08.19.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill Fields

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