John Ragan Grateful for Care He Received at Dana-Farber, Says ‘Every Penny is Going to Work’ (Video)


John Ragan was recovering from chemotherapy, living in New York and working at the World Trade Center when he learned his employer was allowing him to open an office in Boston in August of 2001. Ragan, whose wife is from Massachusetts, was thrilled for the opportunity, but six weeks later, 9/11 occurred, and he lost 67 co-workers in the tragedy, along with18 fellow traders.

A small group got the trading desk up and running again in Boston, but 10 months after September 11, Ragan’s leukemia returned, and he and his wife decided to treat it in the most aggressive way possible: with a bone marrow transplant. Ragan spent 35 days at Dana-Farber in isolation recovering from the treatment, but there was one thing he didn’t miss during that time — the birth of his second son.

Through closed-circuit television, Ragan was able to see his newborn son and talk to his wife during the special moment.

Check out the above video to hear more of Ragan’s story.

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