Thanksgiving; the expression of gratitude, especially to God
Last night we celebrated the ultimate thanksgiving when Reese met her hero, Kate, for the first time.
Yes, please tell me more about Kate!
Growing up, Kate was an avid soccer player in a small town in Wisconsin. When she graduated from high school, she went on to college to study biology, with the hopes of entering the field of medicine. It was during the first semester of her freshman year that Kate saw a swab drive for Be the Match. You see, to become a potential donor, all you need to do is swab your cheek. (A kit for this can be mailed to your home, it’s as easy as a swab and send!) Kate didn’t just swab, Kate hoped that she would be CHOSEN. Kate wanted to save someone’s life.
I remember being on the phone with Dr. Chris. We had just transferred our care to UCSF for transplant. Our transplant doctor, Dr Chris Dvorak, did not want to use the donor that had previously been selected. He was only an 11/12 and I guess the marker that was missing was considered significant. I knew we were having trouble finding Reese a 12/12. Dr. Chris, “There is a new girl. She is 18-years-old and a 12/12 match. She JUST joined, we are going to contact her.” We hoped that she would respond right away, we were quickly approaching the optimal time for transplant. God bless Kate.
Once on the registry, the chances of being contacted are not great… 1 in 40 members are called for additional testing, 1 in 300 are selected as a potential donor candidate, and only 1 in 430 will actually donate. And the chances of being called shortly after swabbing are very small indeed. And this is just how it went for Kate. Shortly after joining, Kate was contacted for additional testing. Then, when she was on spring break, she got the call- she found out that she was a DONOR. Kate said she cried, happy tears, so humbled to have the opportunity to save a life. And that life was 3-year-old Reese.
Please find the video of this incredible meeting here:
Should you send away for your swab kit right now?
If you are between the ages of 18-44 (especially college kids like Kate, the younger, the better for the recipient!!)
Live in the United States (other countries have other registries)
And, like Kate, are willing to donate to ANY patient in need…
Then YES! Here you go: www.bethematch.org
God bless Kate and her family. And happy Thanksgiving to all of Team Reese. We love you!
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