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Son makes his greatest save, of his father’s life

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Within hours of his return to the hospital, Nov. 24, 2012, Craig Schiller, then age 56, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and soon learned his hope of survival would rest in a stem cell transplant.

Mike Schiller, student-athlete, goalie and golfer, and sometimes Googling medical sleuth, turned out to have exactly the right stuff. On April 4 last year, he skipped a day of classes, checked into Mass. General to have some four million stem cells harvested from his blood, and made his way home as soon as doctors transfused his father with all those healthy, life-saving cells.

Saturday night, Mike Schiller was back in goal for Arlington. Craig Schiller was there, too, at the Chelmsford Forum, feeling strong, healthy, relieved and renewed.

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