“So we’re family, you’re half latina now!” (USA)

Hello, I’m Shardé Fultz and I received an allogeneic bone marrow transplant in 2011 after receiving chemo and radiation for my cancer diagnosis in 2009. The search for a donor was nerve-wracking especially as an African American, ethnicity is important in finding a match since HLA markers are inherited. My family and I knew it would be an uphill battle since Afro-Americans make up only 4% of donors–slim pickings for a perfect match. Thankfully, we found a match in nearly 3 months–many people wait much longer. My match was not close, but we took the risk due to the urgency…

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Why World Marrow Donor Day?

World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) is a special day celebrated once per year to thank all blood stem cell donors worldwide. We thank unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate. It is also a day to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about the importance of registering as a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on a patients’ life.

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World Marrow Donor Day 2021, September 18

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