Fewer than 500 people across the United States have the fatal blood disease, Diamond Blackfan Anemia. One family represents four of those cases. All four of the Murry’s sons, Sean, Patrick, Danny and Timmy were diagnosed with the disease at birth. All of the boys will need bone marrow transplants as the only hope for living long, healthy lives.
Every day thousands of patients search for a bone marrow donor match. Only 4 out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant.
That’s why students in Dr. Matt Bowler’s Leadership Dynamics course at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa have organized a bone marrow donor registration drive to help locate potential lifesavers.
The drive, set to run April 9-11 from 3-5:30 p.m. in the North Hall Lobby at OSU-Tulsa, is in partnership with the Delete Bone Cancer DKMS, a national organization leading the fight to defeat bone cancer by empowering people to take action and donate bone marrow.
With over 3.4 million registered bone marrow donors, Delete Blood Cancer DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world. More than 34,000 of the donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.
Potential donors will have the inside of their mouth swabbed and their record placed into a national database to see if they are matched with any patients.
The drive is open to the public. For more information about bone marrow donation, visit deletebloodcancer.org.