Thousands Are Waiting For A Bone Marrow Match: You Could Be The Cure That Saves A Life Just Like Jada's
BLOG BY KHQ.COM'S NICHOLE MISCHKE: If you knew that you could save a life today would you do it? You, right now, could really be the answer to saving someone who is fighting to stay alive. 10,000 people in the U.S. alone are waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
However, only half of those people ever find a match. There is a cure for people battling blood cancers such as Leukemia and Lymphoma, sickle cell and other illnesses and that cure could be you.
As someone who knows first hand what it's like to lose a loved one to cancer, me heart aches for anyone who has had to face the horrible destruction cancer can cause to it's victims and their families. My dad's cancer took him very quickly. From diagnosis to his death it was only three months.
Those three months hold some of the most horrific memories of my life as I watched him lose almost 70 pounds and literally lose the ability to do everything, even communicate. No one should ever have to go through that and if I could ask for one thing in this world, it would be a cure for cancer.
Knowing that I could possibly be the cure for someone battling cancer is really exciting for me. The way I see it, by choosing not to be a bone marrow donor, I'm possibly letting someone die who could very well live, if I were their perfect match.
Last Friday, I had the privilege of interviewing three amazing people who are actively trying to raise awareness about the huge need for bone marrow donors. Jeana Moore, had contacted us sharing the amazing story of her granddaughter Jada Bascom who was born with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Jada went through chemo treatments among others but when she didn't respond as doctors had hoped there was only one thing left that would save her life - a bone marrow transplant.
Before the interview, I honestly didn't really know a lot about bone marrow. I understood that it can be difficult to find a match for someone, but I didn't fully understand how hard it can be. Patients need donors who are a genetic match which is extremely difficult and has been compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Doctors had to go through 11 million donors before they were able to find a match for Jada! 11 Million!
The match they found for Jada was Torsten Huber and he lived a world away in Germany. It was so incredible to sit there with a beautiful, healthy, little five-year-old girl and know that if it was wasn't for Torsten, she wouldn't have been there. Jada truly is a blessing and really such a sweet girl; within 30 seconds of meeting her, she ran into my arms and gave me a hug.
Jada's battle with cancer inspired her grandma, Jeana Moore to do something much bigger than just saving her granddaughters life and she is asking for your help.
It's very simple to become a donor. You can register online and then a cheek swab kit will be sent right to your door. Follow the instructions and send it back. To register to become a donor CLICK HERE
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:25:07 GMT
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