Welcome to Matt's Page
"Once you meet him, he's your life-long friend." (Many that meet Matt describe him this way.)
Matt, 40, had not been feeling well for a few days, and at the insistence of his wife, went to the doctor. This was Friday morning. Initial blood tests revealed that he was anemic. Later that evening, they received a call. After conferring with an oncologist, it was determined that Matt had leukemia. He was told to get to the hospital as soon as possible.
Andrea, his wife, made arrangements for her parents to come stay with their children, twins Ben and Brady, and twins Andrew and Allison. They travelled to U of M (Which was tough as they are die-hard STATE fans!) as they knew this would be the best place for his care. It was confirmed that Matt did have leukemia. In a few hours, their lives had changed.
Matt's journey of tests, and chemotherapy had begun. Diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), he now needs a bone marrow transplant. While he is currently in remission, we must find a match!
Team Be The Match
By supporting Matt, 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.
Yes, Matt needs to find a match. In the process, we hope that we are able to match other patients with donors.
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. Please click on "Make a Gift" and make a contribution or mail donations to: Be The Match Foundation c/o Kris Crabill 66274 Meyers Rd. Sturgis, MI 49091. **Checks should be made out to Be The Match Foundation with Matt's name in the memo line.
There will be a Be The Match event held on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 1 pm. The event will be held in the Sturgis Middle School Gymnasium. Each kits costs $25 and our goal is to offer the chance to anyone that wants to register as a donor to be able to do so without cost to them. Please consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!
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