Bone Marrow Drive in Decatur Sunday to help local family find match

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DECATUR, Ala. – Justin Sappington and his family need your help.

In October 2016, Justin was diagnosed with Myeloid Dysplasia Syndrome (MDS). MDS is a blood cancer where the bone marrow cells do not mature into healthy blood cells and often develops into leukemia. Doctors have determined Justin’s best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Like 70% of all patients, Justin does not have a matching donor in his family. In order to have the transplant that could save his life, Justin needs a donor from the Be The Match Registry. That is where you come in.

A Marrow Donor Drive is being held Sunday, December 11th to help give Justin and his family a fighting chance to find a match. The drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. at the Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur.

It will only take a few minutes of your time to complete the paperwork and get your cheek swabbed.  If you can’t make it, then you can register online here, and order a swab kit to send back.

To join the Be The Match Registry, you must:

  1. Be between the ages of 18 and 44.
  2. Be in general good health.
  3. Be willing to donate to any patient you may match with in the future.