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Alumnus takes risk to fight rare blood disorder

By on September 18, 2013 in Alumni News with 1 Comment
Hunter and Jennifer Hanner

Hunter and Jennifer Hanner

Abilene Christian University graduate Hunter Hanner (’05) was born with chronic granulomatous disease, a rare blood disorder that left his body unable to fight off infection. Despite a poor prognosis, Hunter beat the odds and made it to adulthood, settling into life as an Abilene businessman and father of three who is married to Jennifer (Hathorn ’05). Yet his body contained a medical time bomb, so to speak, that could take it all away in an instant.

Earlier this year, the Hanners decided to try a risky bone marrow transplant, which would provide the only real hope for a cure and the best hope for a future for the couple and their three young sons.

In the video below, KTXS-TV co-anchor Braid (Sharp ’05) Blanks tells the moving story of the Hanners’ decision and where they are today.

Hunter’s parents, Mark (’80) and Jana (’81) Hanner, are former co-presidents of the ACU Parents’ Association. Jennifer is the daughter of Howard (’81) and Jacki (Dods ’08) Hathorn. Jacki is assistant to the director of ACU’s First-Year Program.

To follow Hunter’s progress, visit Jennifer’s blog, And Then There Were Three.

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  1. Cherry Burnett says:

    What a wonderful story!! Praise God for His incredible blessings! I will certainly lift Hunter up to our Father in Heaven for complete healing and for strength and peace for the entire family.

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.”
    Psalm 28:7

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