Waiting for the chance to give back: Kim’s story

Posted July 20th, 2009 by Be The Match and filed in Donor Stories
Show Content

I was inspired to become a bone marrow donor because of my daughter.  When she was diagnosed with a blood disease, her only chance of ultimate survival would be a bone marrow transplant. There was no sibling match so we had to go to the National Marrow Donor Program.

My daughter, 16 years old at the time, is mixed ethnicity, Japanese and Causasian (about 6 different European ancestories) and we were told it could take years to find a donor that matched that specific ethnic background. Mixed ethnicity donors are so much in need. We prepared ourselves for a long wait.

Much to our surprise, a perfect match was found in one month. Lauren had her transplant within 3 months. This August 10 will be her 3rd anniversary of her bone marrow transplant and she is doing great. We had the pleasure of meeting Lauren’s generous donor and we got to thank her over and over again. She was our angel!

Our son, who is also mixed ethnicity, registered to be a bone marrow donor too.  We are waiting for our chance to give back!

In the photo: Kim with her family: son Nick, husband Carl, Kim, and daughter Lauren–bone marrow transplant recipient. Kim and Nick are members of the Be The Match Registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.

Leave a Reply