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Justin Manning, Age 23, of Rainbow City Alabama (near Gadsden, AL) was diagnosed on August 7, 2017 with Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia, is a type of cancer that starts in certain blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. In CML, a genetic change takes place in an early (immature) version of myeloid cells - the cells that make red blood cells, platelets, and most types of white blood cells (except lymphocytes). This change forms an abnormal gene called BCR-ABL, which turns the cell into a CML cell. The leukemia cells grow and divide, building up in the bone marrow and spilling over into the blood. In time, the cells can also settle in other parts of the body, including the spleen. CML is a fairly slow growing leukemia, but it can also change into a fast-growing acute leukemia that is hard to treat.

Although Justin was diagnosed with CML in August of 2017, he has experienced life long pain and discomforting symptoms since the age of 7yrs old. After many complaints of leg and back pain, Justin’s mother sought medical attention for Justin. At age 7, he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Justin suffered many years with back and leg pain, only to try and find relief through an Ibuprofen regimen. As Justin got older, the pain would not subside. In 2016, at age 21, Justin was admitted in the hospital and diagnosed with strep throat. After many tests were performed due to high red blood cell count and antibiotics not relieving the infection in his body; it was obvious that something more severe was going on. After countless visits to the ER, it was finally discovered in August 2017, Justin was diagnosed with CML.

Through this journey Justin has kept a positive attitude and pushes through the pain. Justin has a strong support group and loving family members.

Justin previously attended and graduated from Gadsden City High School. He is currently employed part-time with the City of Gadsden.  As much as he can, Justin enjoys playing basketball with his peers. ​

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