Band of Brothers for a Brother
He joined the California Army National Guard in April 2009 and the following month he met his wife Geneva. Marcos and Geneva had their first and only child Marcos Jr in May of 2011. Just a few short months later in October Marcos was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. After months of chemotherapy his Leukemia was declared to be in remission in February of 2012 and he was back to full military duty. In November of 2012 his cancer came back and he has undergone numerous chemotherapy treatments since.
His doctor's have said that chemo will not cure Marcos or keep his Leukemia in remission. They are hurrying to transplant, if possible, because they don't know how long they can keep him in remission. Marcos' siblings were the best case to find a match but were unsuccessful. Only 10% of the 9 million people registered as donors in the United States are of Latino heritage and for this reason doctors are concerned that a match will not be found in time to save his life.
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Team Be The Match is important to me
Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow transplant by raising funds to add more potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry.
By supporting me, you will help raise funds for patients in need of an unrelated marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Together we have the potential to truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children in need of a life-saving transplant.
What does Be The Match do?
Be The Match works to provide hope and deliver a second chance at life to patients by:
* Recruiting and supporting potential donors: To connect patients with donors, Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — nearly 8 million marrow donors and nearly 100,000 cord blood units. Donors can turn to their Donor Advocacy Program for support throughout the donation process.
* Supporting patients: To help patients access treatment, Be The Match offers financial support and educational resources.
* Educating doctors: Referring physicians can turn to Be The Match for information about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant.
* Advancing science: Be The Match's research programs have advanced the science of bone marrow and cord blood transplant, from better matching the right donor to the right patient for improving post-transplant treatment.
Why you should help
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from people like us so that it can further its mission. Proceeds will help add more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. I hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!
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