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Help Us Save Juwan

Juwan Adams lives in Abington, PA, just north of Philadelphia. He is a Senior at Abington High School where he is a Drumline Captain, a National Honor Society scholar, and he holds a 4.25 GPA.

In his spare time, Juwan volunteers with pediatric cancer patients.

For the past 4 years, he has also been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Juwan urgently needs a stem cell transplant to survive.

The Cure

The only cure for Juwan is to find a matching stem cell donor. His family has been tested and his doctors have been searching the Be The Match registry.

But there is still no match for Juwan and his time is running out.

The Challenge

The challenge is finding a donor with a similar ethnic background. The chances of a Black blood cancer patient like Juwan finding a match is only 23%. White patients have a 77% chance of finding a matching donor.

There simply aren’t enough African Americans included on the registry.

Not yet anyway.

The Search

His friends, his family, and even his high school have been holding marrow drives, asking people to join the registry. He has received support from Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania. Even Philadelphia SixersMatisse Thybulle has been showing his support and calling on his fans to register and see if they are a match for Juwan.

But there is still no match.

Could it be you?

Please join the registry on behalf of Juwan. If you aren’t a match for him, you may match another patient who is also searching for their life-saving donor. Click the link and you will be asked to set up an account. They will mail you a kit to swab the inside of your cheek. Once you return the kit you will be included on the registry. If you are a match, you will receive a call asking you to donate your cells.

Donating

80% of transplants use the PBSC method, which is similar to donating plasma. In the time between breakfast and lunch, you may be able to save someone’s life by donating your stem cells.

It doesn’t cost anything and they don’t even use your insurance. Be The Match will walk you through the entire process.

Please join today. Join for Juwan.

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Help us spread the word so we can increase the ethnic makeup of the donor registry. You can host a drive or find more information about getting involved here.

Together we will save more lives.

Written by: Bret Itskowitch

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Still Smiling – David Gonzales Shares His Story

David Gonzales shares his story from Centro Church in Dallas, Texas.

David has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, recurring 4 times in his life. He has undergone 415 days of chemo and radiation and he is currently in remission.

Despite his disease, he still smiles. He is living his life and he continues to support his community by holding bone marrow drives with the Icla da Silva Foundation.

Hispanic and Latino persons who are suffering from various blood cancers, only have a 23% chance of finding a matching donor. A 23% chance at a life-saving cure.

There simply aren’t enough Latinos included on the registry.

A matching bone marrow or stem cell donor is the only cure for many patients.

Together, we can increase the likelihood of finding a match by asking as many people as possible to join the Be The Match registry.

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Watch the short video below where Dave shares his story. After you join the registry, share with your family and friends so they may also join the registry. Help us change the odds…help us save more lives.

Written by Bret Itskowitch, special thanks to Andres David Lopez for shooting and editing.

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