Meet An Advocate: Betsy Lucas, Minneapolis, MN

Posted December 6th, 2012 by Be The Match and filed in Patient Stories
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Three months to live. Betsy Lucas received that devastating deadline when doctors diagnosed her with leukemia in 2005. But Betsy, a schoolteacher and mother of two, had hope: if her doctors could quickly find a matching bone marrow donor, a transplant would offer her a second chance at life.

Hope became reality with the help of a German teenager. Through Be The Match®, Tobias Hoffman, 19, was identified as a bone marrow match for Betsy. That’s because Be The Match® partners with other international registries to give patients access to approximately 19 million donors and nearly 600,000 umbilical cord blood units worldwide. 

Betsy received her transplant at the University of Minnesota in 2005, and has been cancer-free ever since.

Today, Betsy is healthy and leading an active life with her husband and their young daughters. Still, she hasn’t forgotten about the people who helped her. She had the opportunity to thank Hoffman in person and has reached out to Be The Match to help provide this life-saving gift to others. Betsy has logged hundreds of volunteer hours raising awareness about the importance of bone marrow donation, educating patients and recruiting donors to join the registry.

One Response to “Meet An Advocate: Betsy Lucas, Minneapolis, MN”

  1. Stephanie Wilkinson says:

    Hello Betsy,
    Not sure if you remember me, but we’ve been to TLC at the same time and I’m the daughter of Steve and Barb Wilkinson.
    I’m looking to see if there is a way to have a tour of Be The Match for my daughter’s girl scout troop and not sure when/if that can happen but checking to see if you might be able to be there as your story is so wonderful and I’m sure you could relate to these girls.

    Thank you!

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