Columbus woman turns “helpless” feeling into mission to find younger sister a marrow donor

Posted July 13th, 2012 by Be The Match and filed in Patient Stories
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In any family, there’s great deal of responsibility that goes with the
title “big sister.” You’re a caretaker, a problem-solver, a trailblazer and always a bossy know-it-all to your younger siblings.

Katie Curry, 24, would give anything to fill any one of those roles for her younger sister, Emily Reincheld. But right now, Katie feels helpless. And that’s not a feeling to which this big sister is willing to concede. So, Katie is leading Emily’s Entourage, a team in the July 28th first-ever Columbus Be The Match® – Be The One Run® in honor of her sister who must find a marrow donor to survive.

Be The One Run is a run/walk fundraising event that gives patients with blood diseases, like leukemia, hope for a cure – a marrow transplant. Each year, 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant but have no donor match in their family. Like Emily, they depend on Be The Match to help them find an unrelated donor and receive treatment.

Shortly after her 21st birthday in May, Emily learned she had severe aplastic anemia. Katie was convinced that either she or one of their two younger brothers would be the marrow donor her sister needed to live. “I was so sure. I was dumbfounded and hurt when we learned none of us were a marrow match. It just hit home. There was nothing we could do to help.”

“Be The One Run gives us a chance to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors and to find a match for Emily and others like her. This can happen to anyone,” said Curry. 

The Columbus Be The One Run will take place Saturday, July 28th, at Bicentennial Park. It includes a 5K, 1K, and Tot Trot. Visit www.BeTheOneRun.org for more information and to register.

Be The One Run raises funds to support marrow transplant research, help patients with uninsured costs, and add more potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry®, giving more patients hope for a cure. Seventy percent of all patients in need of a marrow transplant have no match in their family.

Emily’s Entourage already has 30 runners/walkers and has raised nearly $3,000. That’s enough to add 30 more donors to Be The Match Registry, giving more patients hope of finding their marrow match.

“Emily is incredibly active,” Curry said. “She’s a senior in nursing school, coaches lacrosse, and works 36 hours a week. Now, she’s nearly confined to her room and waiting to find a marrow donor; waiting to lead the life she was meant to lead.”

 

2 Responses to “Columbus woman turns “helpless” feeling into mission to find younger sister a marrow donor”

  1. Gregory Melton says:

    I could potentially be a match for her I am a registered donor

  2. Carolyn says:

    Stories like this are what makes it so important for people to become registered donors. Imagine if this were your loved one and you had to depend on the generosity of others just so they could have a chance at the life they deserve! Take the time and become a registered donor.

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