Be The Match
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, there is a cure. It lives inside of each and every one of us, and the only way to save a life is by donating marrow.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. It can take just 15 minutes to find out if you can save their life. On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota Gopher football team helped recruit students for the Be The Match drive.
Lisa Garys Korsland enjoyed a busy lifestyle for years, living abroad in the U.K. and Switzerland, raising her three children and working as an engineer for General Mills. But it all came to an abrupt end in December of 2010. A simple twist of an ankle led to a diagnosis of leukemia. She knew it was just a matter of time before she would need a life-saving marrow transplant.
How do you thank a total stranger for saving your life? It’s a question Jenna Langer has been thinking about for more than a year.
When he was just 1-year-old, Caleb Nord was diagnosed with a life-threatening immune disorder called H.L.H. Months later, he received a bone marrow transplant from a complete stranger, saving his life.
The Minneapolis-based National Marrow Donor Program is celebrating its 50,000th transplant.