This month, let’s help more African Americans win their fight against blood cancers like leukemia and other life-threating illnesses like sickle cell disease.
FACT: People of color are under-represented on the bone marrow registry – accounting for only 7% of all registrants. Because a patient's best chance of finding a bone marrow match is from someone of similar ancestry, African Americans needing a transplant face huge challenges.
Let’s change this! Join the movement to save lives during Black History Month.
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Dr. Jane Cooke Wright
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright made her mark in clinical cancer chemotherapy and was among the first researchers to test chemotherapeutic drugs in humans, which produced effective dosing levels and helped saved lives.
Dr. Harold Freeman
Dr. Harold Freeman introduced the concept of Patient Navigation to improve the healthcare experience across socio-economic classes, which has been embraced by the nation and expanded worldwide.
Dr. Racquel Innis-Shelton
Dr. Racquel Innis-Shelton is the medical director of the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Myeloma Clinic. She focuses on health disparities and translational clinical trial development.
Tiffany Glasgow loved to dance but sickle cell anemia kept her bound to a wheelchair. After years of intense treatment, Tiffany finally received the life-saving transplant that allowed her to dance again.
Quiana Parks was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, at the end of her sophomore year of college. Fortunately, chemotherapy treatments helped Quiana winning her battle against cancer.
Superior Court Judge Carl Fox
Superior Court Judge Carl Fox has spent his life fighting for what he believes and paving the way for others. Carl’s life of dispensing justice was in jeopardy when he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in April of 2015.
In May 2015, she graduated from the eighth grade as student body president and performed two dances. Tiffany’s family continues to host drives and raise awareness to inspire more people of color to join the bone marrow registry.
Since then, she’s emerged as a world-renowned DJ for television shows, celebrity parties, and special events. Nearly ten years later after her diagnosis, Quiana launched “DJ for a Cure,” an awareness project that bridges her love for music with building a discussion around blood cancers. As a proud survivor, Quiana continues to use her talents to give other patients and survivors a voice.
The first Black District Attorney for North Carolina, Judge Fox used his fight as an opportunity to shed light on the need for more African Americans to join the bone marrow registry. “My chances of a match increase if there are more young African American donors on the registry,” said Fox, who launched a Facebook campaign called “Save the Fox.” Judge Fox has won his battle against MDS, and continues to raise awareness about the need for diversity on the registry.
When Evander Holyfield, Jr. registered as a bone marrow donor in January 2011, he never imagined what a lifesaving decision it would be for Darian Craig, a teenager from Tennessee.
In 2014, Tamara Etheridge found out that she was a match for a patient! "Although most donors give blood stem cells, which is more like a lengthy plasma donation, I needed to donate bone marrow. When I was told the person that the patient getting my marrow was a little girl
Ever since she became a bone marrow match and donated to a patient, Natasha Bouknight educates others about the importance of signing up as a potential donor. In fact, just a month after she donated, Natasha held a bone marrow donor drive, with the goal of adding more minorities to the registry.
As it turned out, the son of the heavyweight champion boxer was the right match for Darian in more ways than one: She was a fighter too. Evander learned he was a match and donated his stem cells 11 months later. With donors like Evander we continue to FIGHT for patients in need of a transplant!
When I was told the person that the patient getting my marrow was a little girl— I immediately broke down into tears on the phone." Since then, Tamara has worked to encourage more young adults to sign up, stand out and save a life – as a spokesperson for our #UniqueBecause campaign.
In fact, just a month after she donated, Natasha held a bone marrow donor drive, with the goal of adding more minorities to the registry. And she’s encouraging her family and friends to #GetSwabbed for her birthday. You might be a lifesaver like Natasha – find out by joining the bone marrow donor registry today~
Huntar Hayes is an energetic 10-year-old girl who likes yoga, loves to read, and excels at arts and crafts. In 2013, she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Mariya Nurse is a second-grader from New York. She loves the movie Frozen, her favorite cartoon is Peppa Pig, and she’s so happy when she dances!
Atieno Simmons is a 38-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She enjoys camping, hiking, and rowing along with spending time with her family. Her days of outdoor activities came to end when she began feeling ill last winter.
If not treated, her condition can develop into leukemia. A bone marrow transplant is Huntar’s best chance to live a long, healthy life, but her chances at finding a matching donor are challenging. You can help Huntar find her match by joining the registry and sharing her story.
Sadly, Mariya was born with a life-threatening blood disease called beta-thalassemia intermedia and now, she’s missing classes because of the severity of her illness. We all want Mariya to dance again and live a long, healthy life – but the only way that will happen is if she finds a bone marrow match. You can help. Please sign up to become a potential donor today, share Mariya’s story and encourage your friends and family to sign up too!
In February of 2015, Atieno was diagnosed with myelofibrosis. Though Atieno is undergoing treatment for her disease, she needs a bone marrow transplant for a healthy shot at life.
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