Recently, the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program successfully raised $140,000 at their 18th annual Roll the Dice for Life event! The money will go toward continued efforts of helping patients like Steve (pictured, center) who met his donor, John (left), for the first time at the event.
Steve was diagnosed with Light Chain-Multiple Myeloma three years ago. After months of treatment, Steve was told that the DNA mutations would continue to produce cancer cells without a bone marrow transplant. His match was found in an unrelated donor, John, through the Be the Match registry. Because of John, Steve received his first transplant in May 2014.
However, recovery was slow for Steve. He remained transfusion-dependent, receiving more than 90 units of blood and platelets. Fortunately for Steve, John chose to donate a second time in July of last year, resulting in a complete remission. Today, Steve does not have DNA mutations nor cancer cells, and he is producing his own platelets and red cells without any transfusions.
The Be the Match registry helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and more than 70 other blood cancers. Job well done to all those who continue to save and sustain lives!