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March 11, 2014 > Bone marrow drive focuses on African-American donors

Bone marrow drive focuses on African-American donors

Submitted By Nivia

ÒI was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when I was two weeks old. IÕm 16 now, and even though IÕve been sick my whole life, IÕm still a very hopeful person.

ÒBut the one thing I donÕt hope for is a cure; because a possible cure already existsÉ a bone marrow transplant. And I need one. For me, it could be a matter of life and death.

ÒUnfortunately, I canÕt find a marrow donor who matches my genetic profile. This isnÕt right, but itÕs not hard to fix. We just need more people of all races and ethnicities, including African Americans, to join the registry. IÕm doing all I can to spread the word. My mother and I have been organizing registration drives all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Even if I donÕt find a match for me, I know I might be helping other people find the cure that could save their lives. Knowing that makes me proud to be of service to people like myself around the world.

ÒI know how hard it is to wait, knowing there is a possible cure out there, but not being able to find it. Imagine if you or someone you loved was in the same position.

ÒI have struggled throughout my life with my health because IÕve been in the hospital more than IÕm home. I equally struggle to stay on track in school and do ÒnormalÓ teenage things. Yet, my dreams outweigh my struggles because IÕve got big plans! I want to graduate from high school and go to Stanford University to become a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist. I want to see my little brother grow up, and I want to make my mom and dad proud. IÕve had these dreams for as long as I can remember and I plan on accomplishing them.

ÒIÕve always wanted to be a pediatrician so that I can help children like me in the future and encourage them with my story. But without a match, I might not be able to pursue my dreams. So I donÕt need hope. I need action. Thank you.Ó

Be The Match Registry¨ states that a simple cheek swab is all that is needed to determine if you could be the one to save one of the thousands of patients like Nivia who may be in need of a bone marrow transplant. The Bone Marrow Drive is being held on March 16 in Fremont.

If you are between the ages of 18-44, in good health, and are willing to donate to any one in need, please come and join the Be The Match Registry. YouÕll only be contacted if youÕre a match for someone in need. If you are unable to attend, you can also join the registry online at and a swab kit will be mailed to your home or office.

Be The Match Registry¨ Bone Marrow Drive
Sunday, Mar 16
12:30 p.m. Ð 1:30 p.m.
South Bay Community Church
47385 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
1-(800) Marrow-2

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