Alonzo Donated PBSC and Marrow, Encourages Other African Americans to Learn the Facts

Posted June 19th, 2013 by Be The Match and filed in Donor Stories
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AlonzoAlonzo, a Navy veteran and father of two, became a minister to help families in any way possible. So when he learned that a member of his church was diagnosed with leukemia, and was having trouble finding a marrow donor because of her African American heritage, Alonzo joined the Be The Match Registry® without hesitation.

Within six months, he was called to donate to a 5-year-old girl who also was fighting leukemia. Alonzo donated marrow through an outpatient surgical procedure at a hospital. Contrary to the myths sometimes associated with marrow donation, Alonzo says the process involved little pain and he was back to his normal routine in about a week.

Soon afterward, he was called to donate to the little girl again. This time, he donated peripheral blood stem cells in a process similar to donating plasma or platelets. Again, the recovery was easier than he expected; in fact, Alonzo returned to work the next day.

“If you have the opportunity to save someone’s life, you should do it,” he said, adding, “I don’t know where the myth came from that marrow donation hurts, but it didn’t hurt.”

This July, during African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month, Alonzo wants people in the African American community to spread the word about marrow donation and join the registry.

It’s on you. Get the facts and learn what marrow donation is really all about at www.BTMItsOnYou.org

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