Her first diagnosis was at the age of three months and after treatment Lauren went into remission. But a few weeks ago she relapsed and her chances for recovery are half of what they were at the first diagnosis. When family members are not a match for a patient they then must turn to the national donor registration, Be the Match. The family is holding a donor drive on August 29 in Visalia California and you can view the Facebook page here.
I know that most of you don't live anywhere near here but you can still participate. Please go to Be the Match at marrow.org and find out where you can go to donate. The donation itself is simple, you just swab the inside of your cheek. That's it!! On marrow.org you can learn about the process of donating your marrow if you are a match. The way I see it, I have a choice about donating. Lauryn has no choice about being sick. Her mommy has no choice about possibly losing her beautiful baby. Why wouldn't I choose to help them?
I've been a registered donor for over 20 years now. I have only been called once for further testing because I was a match. I wasn't asked to donate my marrow, likely because there was another match who was better suited to donate. Chances are that you will never be called back to donate. But, what if?
What if you are the one?
The Cox family are not the only ones desperate to save their loved one. It could be someone's mommy or daddy who is sick. Or their grandpa. Not everyone makes the news like Lauryn has.
Please go swab your cheek. Do it for Lauryn.
There is one more little thing that you can do to help. Please, please help spread the word and grab a button. Thank you!!