Welcome! We’re glad you’re here to help us raise awareness of the need for stem cell donors for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.
As you probably already know, we are hoping to find an HLA match forDavid (farmer, husband, father of two), so he can get a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia (CMML) that was recently found on a blood test. We have learnt a lot in the past few weeks about this process – and how great the need for stem cell donors is. Typically the best stem cell donors are young adults, as their stem cells are healthy and they will be in the registry for many years (doctors choose donors under 45 years old whenever possible).
Donating usually only means giving blood, after receiving medication the week before to stimulate your bone marrow, it is more rare that people actually donate bone marrow. There are a number of registries throughout the world, including one in New Zealand (www.bonemarrow.org.nz), and when a patient like David needs a transplant, their doctor can search all of these registries.
So please consider registering with Be The Match if you are young or if you have kids in college who would be willing to be tested (text TEAMDAVID to 61474 and a cheek swab kit will be mailed out right away). If you are older, consider contributing financially to Be The Match, to provide funds for research, support young donor recruitment efforts and provide grants to patients in need.
Feel free to share this link with others interested in joining the registry to potentially becomd a donor: https://join.BeTheMatch.org/TeamDavid