by Panos Charitos. Published: 28 March 2014

D+100 is an important milestone for anyone who has been through a stem cell transplant, because the first three months require intensive monitoring to avoid potential complications.

Sunday March 23rd was the 100th day post-transplant for Joon, a young students in the University of Geneva and she was invited to visit the ALICE experiment at CERN.

Joon was diagnosed with acute leukemia in May 2013. Since then has been undergoing treatment in Geneva’s University Hospital. Her recovery depends on stem cells transplantation and is taking place gradually. Her last examination two weeks ago indicates that she is currently in remission. Moreover, previous complications of the graft versus host disease ( GvHD ) are less and less affecting her.

Joon in front of ALICE detector (Image Courtesy: Joon)

During her treatment she expresses her creativity through drawing and projects, playing the piano, and preparing memorable meals for friends and family (to read more about Joon, click here).

Joon is full of enthusiasm for life: she is student of physics at the University of Geneva and she is fascinated by science and quantum physics and looks forward to working as a research scientist. We hope that we will soon welcome her.

Giacinto, who organized this visit, says: “I know Joon since several years and during October 2011 when I had the occasion to supervise her ‘Work Experience at CERN’ for one week in ALICE, I was deeply impressed by her human and intellectual qualities. At that time LHC was delivering collisions and no visits were possible in the underground site of ALICE but, I promised at the first occasion to guide Joon to visit the experiment. On March the 23rd, ignoring it was the D+100 after the stem cell transplant, I have done what promised and I have been delighted by her happiness and unbridgeable curiosity. ALICE could not miss this gift for Joon on the D+ 100!"

Visit Joon's blog and find out more about her experience in ALICE and the importance of becoming a stem cell donor