If You Could Save Someone's Life Who Has Cancer, Would You?

Cancer... You Could Potentially Save Someone's Life. Someone saved mine.

November 2, 2018
Maria

Photo credit: Maria Dennis

Someone saved my life.  For real.  See, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a Philadelphia chromosome back in March of 2014.  It's a very rare form of Leukemia.  Mostly little kids or older people are diagnosed with this certain disease, not people my age, making it harder to get into remission.  Because of a stranger, at the time, named Randy Braun from Kansas City, being in the National Bone Marrow Registry, I would be saved.  He had a simple cheek swab at his church a few years prior and was called to donate bone marrow, to save someone's life...mine.  Here's a picture of my transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2014 and a picture of the day I met my hero!

Photo credit: Maria Dennis

Photo credit: Maria Dennis

I was contacted 6 months ago on Facebook from a woman who let me know that she had been diagnosed with my exact form of Leukemia.  I was shocked because this form is so rare.  We have since become fast friends and she was blessed enough to have a bone marrow match in the Bone Marrow Registry, also.  I was honored to be there on November 1st at University of Maryland Medical Center for her transplant.  Here's a powerful picture of Jen receiving that gift of life, as I did back in 2014...

Photo credit: Maria Dennis

Sooo, would you save a person's life if you were called?  It's a hard question to answer.  But, if your answer is YES!  Get your cheek swabbed from the folks at "Be The Match".  CLICK HERE to go online to request a swab kit sent directly to your home...