Triad Be The Match 5K
DATE: 4/6/2019 | Oak Ridge, NC
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We are excited to host the second annual Triad Be The Match 5K to
unite our community in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow
transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help
more patients afford transplant, add potential marrow donors to the Be The
Match Registry®, and make more life-saving research possible.
The Triad Be The Match 5K is an event for people of all ages
and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering today.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL: $25,000.00
Stories of Hope
On December 23, 2016 our
lives changed forever when my husband, Jeff, was originally diagnosed with
essential thrombocythemia (ET). We were originally told he would take a chemo
pill to keep his platelets (which presented over 2 million) and control it, just
as he does with his insulin shots throughout the day for Type 1 Diabetes. Then
our lives changed in an instant, when only two months into the diagnosis, the
chemo pill was not doing it’s job. Jeff’s diagnosis was changed to MPN/MDS
overlap syndrome. Another concern was his test results showed new concerns
about the progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and the only cure for MDS
and to stop the progression to AML would be a stem cell transplant.
Once we were told Jeff’s sister wasn’t a match,
we were put in contact with Be The Match. We were blessed with a 10 of 10 HLA
match. We know others that have not been as lucky and are encouraging everyone
that is able, to please register to be a donor through Be The Match!
On 8/4/17 Jeff received his life saving cells! All we knew at the time
is that he was a 21 year old male! Fast forward to September 2018 when we
received and email that told us EXACTLY who this young man was. This is our
ANGEL on Earth! We waited a couple of days before contacting him because we
weren't sure the best way or what to say. We have since spoken and can not wait
until April 6, 2019, when we will meet the man that saved my husband. We are
and will ALWAYS be grateful to him for saving Jeff's life!
Aaron was diagnosed with ALL on Thursday February 9, 2017, at the age of 30 years old and while growing a new family with is precious 3 month old daughter. He was admitted into the hospital right away, where chemotherapy began the next day.
By spring and after another bone marrow biopsy it was mentioned that we would be meeting with the Medical Center to discuss a possible bone marrow transplant. His transplant team and Be The Match tested Aaron’s sister to see if she was match. Unfortunately, she was only a half match. The next option for a match was then to go to the donor registry. After what seemed like a blink of an eye (30 days later) Aaron was informed that there were 3 possible matches, but one was perfect! Our Angel and saving grace!
Upon talking to the doctors, it was in Aaron’s best interest to use a center close to home for transplant so he would be within the allocated distance of getting to the hospital should an emergency situation arise after transplant. However, Aaron ended up getting sick and had to be hospitalized for 3 weeks. The transplant had to be delayed.
Aaron recieved his bone marrow transplant early November 2017 and was released the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Aaron has lots of prayers and support from family, friends, and his community. He was blessed with his transplant and very few major side effects and continues to get gain his strength each day. Without God and his Angel he wouldn’t be here today. We are so very grateful and prayed for her every day and thanked the Lord for her. All Aaron knew was this amazing young lady was a 23 year old form the United States. On November 6th, 2018 Aaron signed a release form to hopefully be able to meet this young lady, and on January 3rd, 2019 Aaron got some amazing news of who his donor was! We are beyond excited to be able to meet her at this event in April, for without her, he wouldn’t be here today.