Volunteer of the Year Daniel Cox raises spirits as well as contributions

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Be The Match and filed in News
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Daniel, PBSC donor, fundraiser and recipient of Be The Match Volunteer of the Year Award.

Daniel, PBSC donor, fundraiser and recipient of Be The Match Volunteer of the Year Award.

Daniel was high school senior when he first became interested in marrow donation while writing a speech about Be The Match. He decided to join the registry, and was selected as a match just 3 months later. While he waited to donate, he started Indiana University’s Be The Match on Campus chapter. In spring 2014, Daniel donated PBSC to Missy, a wife and mother to 3 children. The transplant was a success, and the two became friends—determined to share their story to inspire others to join. In addition to hosting donor drives, he and Missy worked on a project to introduce legislation making it easier for moms in Indiana to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood.

Unfortunately, Missy fell ill unexpectedly and passed away in 2016. In her honor, Daniel started Matches for Missy. Today, Daniel is the president of the Be The Match Inaugural National Committee, and has raised close to $20,000 to help patients and their families. Daniel was recognized a Volunteer of the Year at Be The Match Council Meeting.

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5 Responses to “Volunteer of the Year Daniel Cox raises spirits as well as contributions”

  1. Jill Hess says:

    How do you register for the Bone Marrow list? 916 300 4780. Jill

    • Jennifer Misner says:

      You can do it online or at a booth type location if there’s one near you….there’s info here on the site….
      https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/join-the-marrow-registry/

      Hope this helps ?

  2. Michelle says:

    My 10 year old son was diagnosed with AML on April 2016 and received a bone marrow transplant (cord blood) in October. He is currently cancer-free. I am very interested to learn more about Daniel and Missy’s efforts to influence legislation to make cord blood donations easier as I would like to become more active in my home state of Colorado.
    And as a side note, I work for the medical device company that manufactures the device that collected Daniel’s PBSCs.

  3. Patrick says:

    Daniel is a true hero. I hope more people are inspired by his selfless act.

  4. Julio Aguilar says:

    Hi my name is Julio, I was a match to a little girl back 2004. I never received any information about her procedure. It would of been nice to know what the outcome was or even have met the recipient. I sit and wonder sometimes..

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