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Kinesiology Student Defies Death to Finish Degree


Makayla Claussen received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology on May 14, 2016 after overcoming stage four cancer as well as a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease that almost took her life.  A stem cell transplant was needed to save her life, and the only potential donor lived 4,000 miles away in Emden, Germany.

Read the full story about Makayla’s courageous battle and the day she graduated from UT and met the woman who saved her life.