Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stacy needs your stem cells

I copied and pasted this information about Stacy from the Minnesota Myeloma blog. Please feel free to copy this to your own blog, Facebook page, etc. Stacy is in her 30s with two little girls, close to WCK's age.

Stacy Needs Your Stem Cells

Stacy is a young Minnesota mother with myeloma. She has tried just about every treatment, including an autologous transplant, but her aggressive myeloma will not relent. She has a Caring Bridge site.

Stacy's doctors want to do an allogeneic transplant, hoping that stem cells from another person, a donor, will give her a brand new immune system which will view her myeloma cells as invaders and will destroy them. This is called the "graft versus myeloma effect" and can sometimes provide a long-term remission.

So far, though, the doctors have found no matching donor.

The web site
www.marrow.org gives guidance for registering, and information about the actual process of donating stem cells.

From the web site, some of the donor requirements:
  • Age 18 to 60.
  • Good health, including NO CANCER.
We who have myeloma are not eligible, but many of our caregivers, relatives, and friends may be.

According to the web site, the registration procedure involves a swab of cheek cells, to be done at home. Once registered, a person could be "matched" to anyone with a need. If an opportunity to donate is presented, a person can accept or decline it.

2 comments:

Don said...

Thank you dear Karen

Emily said...

I am already in the bone marrow registry (from back in my college days...waaaaay back) and my hubby has myeloma, so can't, but I will post on my facebook account.