2023 Survivor Grant Recipient: Tanner Holt

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Meet Tanner Holt, a 26-year-old from Cannon Falls, Minnesota. When Tanner isn’t at work, he enjoys reading, playing video games with his friends, spending time with his girlfriend, or checking out a local hard rock show.

When Tanner was just 19 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and went through 4 rounds of chemo. He entered remission for 10 months, and then relapsed when they found a growth on his brain stem. After being treated with another 5 rounds of chemotherapy and proton beam therapy, he received a stem cell transplant on November 16, 2017. For over 5 years, the treatment worked and Tanner remained free and clear. Then in April of this year, a single lymph node became swollen which he had biopsied, and revealed that the AML had returned.

Since then, Tanner has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and received a 2nd stem cell transplant from an anonymous international donor on August 31, 2023. To date, Tanner remains in remission while the transplanted stem cells are working hard to get rid of the AML once and for all.

Due to the frequency of his visits at Mayo Clinic, Tanner has been living nearby with the help and support of his parents and friends. L.I.F.E. received an application letter for our annual Survival Grant from his Physician Assistant. Naturally, we wanted to do everything we could to help. We were able to send him money that we’ve fundraised to help with his medical costs, and plan to do even more for him very soon.

Stay strong Tanner, the entire LIFE organization stands behind you in this fight.

“Energy is peace and power.” -Meshuggah