Sharing America’s Marrow
Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are well!
My guest today is the co-founder of Sharing America’s Marrow, a nonprofit, grassroots movement to register 50,000 donors in all 50 states in 2015.
She was just 17 and an active high school lacrosse player in Louisville, Kentucky when she was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia.
Her doctor told her that if she didn’t find a bone marrow donor, she would likely die within six months.
Nearly five years later, still no donor has been found. She carries on thanks to alternative drug therapy – she takes roughly 25 pills a day, but she still needs a donor to ensure her long-term health. When her big sister, Alex, proved to not be a donor, Alex went into action to help her sister.
Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) is a nonprofit campaign started by my guest, her sister Alex Kimura and their friend Taylor Shorten.
In collaboration with the donor center Delete Blood Cancer, SAM hopes to dispel myths about bone marrow donation, educate the public on the importance of registration, and sign up as many potential bone marrow donors as possible.
Sharing America’s Marrow is traveling to all 50 states, with the hopes of finding a donor for the thousands of patients fighting blood cancer and other diseases. Because young people are the ideal donors for bone marrow transplant, the SAM team is focusing their efforts on college campuses across the country.