About Sydney Galway
Sydney is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) sorority. Sydney is from Plano, Texas and graduated from the Shelton School in Dallas in 2015. At Shelton she was a varsity athlete and captain of the volleyball team. Sydney loves spending time with her family and friends and binge watching Netflix.
On November 17th I was diagnosed with Leukemia- specifically AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This type of Leukemia requires an aggressive treatment and for me to be cured, a bone marrow transplant. I have had one series of chemo treatments that lasted 10 days. Then they let my body rest for about 20 days.
I just found out that my only sister is not a marrow match. My family was very disappointed that my sister or any other family member is not likely to be a match. So now the doctors have to find someone willing to help me, a stranger. So while they look, I will start another series of chemo treatments. This time 8 days with rest afterwards. I am running a marathon with no training to prepare. My doctors, nurses, family and friends are helping me along the way.
I could also use your help to raise awareness for the need for people ages 18-44 to join our national Be The Match Registry to potentially help me and people like me. If you qualify, please consider being a committed new member, it just involves a simple cheek swab.
Thank you to everyone who came to the #Sydstrong Marrow Donor Registry Event on Saturday, January 7th 2017.
You can still join the registry online at http://join.bethematch.org/SydStrong and a kit will be sent to you. Just mail it back ASAP.
To join all you need is to:
1) Be between the ages of 18-44
2) Be willing and committed to donate to any patient in need
3) Meet the health guidelines
About Be the Match
Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant by raising funds to add potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry®. By supporting Team #SydneyStrong, you will help more patients afford transplant, adds potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® and funds our life-saving research. Together we have the potential to truly make a difference to thousands of men, women and children in need of a life-saving transplant. Did you know a marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need.
Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like Leukemia. For many of these and other patients with diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is the only life-saving treatment-their only chance for a cure. Yet most don’t have a matching marrow donor in their family.
Every year, more than 14,000 patients are diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases for which a marrow or cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope of a cure.
70% of all patients who need a transplant do not have a matched donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match Registry® to find an unrelated donor or cord blood unit.
Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That’s more than six people each hour, or 148 people each day.
More than 70 diseases can be treated & cured by a matched unrelated donor transplant.
Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.
They turn to Be The Match for the largest most diverse registry of potential marrow donors and cord blood units in the world, offering one-on-one support, education and guidance before, during and after transplant. But first, a marrow match must be found, and many patients still don’t have a donor.
To make a contribution online, please click on the blue “Make a Gift” box.
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from our community to further its life saving mission. Your gift will help more patients afford transplant, adds potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® and funds our life-saving research. I hope you’ll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives & be a CURE for patients battling blood cancers!
If you prefer to mail a check versus make a donation on-line, please mail your check out to:
Be The Match-Dallas
Attn: Clifford Ackerman
5550 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
Please make your check payable to Be The Match Foundation and reference #SydneyStrong on your check. Thank you!