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Hardin Bale


Hardin Bale is gaining more energy as time goes on, but he still struggles to get back to his pre-cancer self. The leukemia survivor successfully underwent a cord blood transplant last March at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. After a bout of pneumonia last spring and a four-month period of being on steroids, Hardin was bedridden because of nerve issues. “I couldn’t walk again until Christma Eve,” he says. “It’s such a blessing to be here and I feel wonderful to be honored as one of the American Cancer Society’s Faces of Cancer,” he says. “Cancer is a part of life I can’t run from, but I have a reason to celebrate, good or bad.”

The 39 year old Bale Chevrolet co-owner spent nine months at M.D. Anderson, which took him awau from his small son John Hardin. “I’m so grateful to be back at home with my son. Above anything else, I enjoy spending time with him.”

Hardin found out he had cancer two years ago after he lost vision in both eyes. He first tried to undergo a bone marrow transplant and is grateful for the local drive that was held in his honor that attracted more than 3,000 people. Undergoing treatment to fight his cancer was his only choice, no matter how hard, Hardin says. “I knew I didn’t have a choice when the doctor propped his feet up on my bed at M.D. Anderson. He said there was a 30% chance I would die if I had a transplant and 100 percent chance if I didn’t try.”