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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 2

     My sister had been fighting leukemia for five years, and the time had finally come for me to attempt to help cure her cancer. The night before and morning of the transplant I had to fast; I think my last meal was orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express. My mother brought…

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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 1

    In 2007 my older sister Jonell was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia during her senior year of college. CML is a type of blood cancer that can settle in other parts of the body including the spleen. It’s a slow growing cancer that can mutate into a fast growing acute leukemia that can…

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The Bone Marrow Registry and Why Diversity Matters

With every passing 120 seconds a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people look to the National Bone Marrow Registry when in need of a transplant, but many people are looking at this list and seeing a huge problem.   Minorities are greatly underrepresented on the bone marrow registry. 67%…

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Art Valenzano Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive

Register as a bone marrow donor in memory of Monsignor Art Valenzano.  Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 1338 Hull St. Baltimore, MD 21230      Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano was the rector of Baltimore’s Basilica of the Assumption when he passed away from leukemia in September 2015. He had battled the disease since…

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We’ve Reached 10,000 Swabs!

  In seven years, There Goes My Hero has added 10,000 people to the national bone marrow donor registry. That means that there are 10,000 more potential life savers thanks to our efforts. These swabs have resulted in 125 matches, with 17 life-saving transplants.  We are so thankful for your support and the support of…

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Join for Joe!

  Next week, Loyola Blakefield will host their 7th annual Join for Joe bone marrow donor registry drive.  The drive was started for Loyola student Joe Gorman, who passed away from leukemia in 2011 at the age of 15 after battling for three years. There Goes My Hero is so proud to partner with the…

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Learn a Little – How to Find a Perfect Match

We talk about getting “matches” for leukemia patients, but what exactly is a match? Every person has a blood type (think A+, O-, etc.), and when we get a blood transfusion, we have to get a type of blood that agrees with our bodies.  Finding a match for a bone marrow transplant or blood stem…

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Champions of the Transplant – E. Don Thomas

  “Don was a hero.” – Fred Appelbaum, Deputy Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center  At 3:40 a.m. on an October morning in 1990, Don Thomas woke to the sound of his phone ringing. It was the Novel Prize committee calling to congratulate him – Thomas had won the highest honor in medicine for his…

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Partnering with #JennStrong and the Ravens

In March of 2014, sports reporter Nestor “Nasty” Aparicio’s wife Jenn was diagnosed out of the blue with leukemia, just like some 50,000 people each year in the United States. Jenn has an extremely rare form of leukemia that has characteristics of both lymphoblastic and myelogenous leukemia, and the hope is that a bone marrow…

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