“Never give up.”
This is Rafee’s mantra as he fights B-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and searches for a matching bone marrow donor.
It’s Rafee’s nature to always help a friend, and he’s compelled to defend those he loves the most. This fierce compassion and caring for others earned him the fun-loving nickname “Manimal” and now all those who he’s helped and loved are ready to #Fight4Manimal.
“I am looking forward to the future with my family and friends helps me push forward and stay positive,” Rafee says. His young niece and nephew put an extra sparkle in his eye, and Rafee dreams of being a father one day.
Rafee needs to find an unrelated matching bone marrow donor, but being of Armenian descent, his best bet of matching is with someone of similar ethnic background, and middle eastern ethnicities are vastly underrepresented in the donor pool.
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Heston was diagnosed in January 2016 with Schwachman-Diamond Syndrome, a disease that can lead to leukemia and bone marrow failure. The need for a bone marrow transplant for Heston is becoming more urgent, and there are no current matches for him. While his condition is getting more serious, his outlook and strength are very strong.
In July 2018, Marley was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and doctors say his best chance of survival is to have a bone marrow transplant. A search of the registry has returned no matches for Marley. Now, his family is campaigning to find #MarrowforMarley in the hope of finding him a matching blood stem cell donor.
This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. These same blood-forming cells found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood. It takes about 4-8 hours on 1-2 consecutive days.
This is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe.
DKMS is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center with more than 9 million registered donors, more than 80,000 of whom have helped save lives by donating marrow or peripheral blood stem cells. Within the U.S., DKMS has registered more than 1 million donors and facilitated over 3,900 donations.