Local Woman’s Bone Marrow Match to Save Life, Inspired to Hold Donor Drive Tomorrow
HERNANDO – A courageous young woman received word last year that she is the only person who can save someone’s life, and next week she plans to give her life-saving bone marrow during a procedure in Orlando, Florida.
Alex Rivers first learned of the opportunity to be tested after RNRF ran a story last year on young Emilie Meza and her struggle to urgently find a bone marrow match. Christy Scott and Danielle DeMatteo organized a drive with the assistance of Be the Match (www.join.bethematch.org/fl) and the response was overwhelming.
Rivers provided a sample during the event in April and by November of last year, she was notified of being a perfect match.
Rivers says she may never meet the person who receives her donation because the recipient could be anywhere in the world. Alex is hopeful it is someone in the United States and has the opportunity to meet them one day.
The news has inspired Rivers and her mother Jessica Curry so much that they plan to hold a drive at Crews Lake Park in Pasco County tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Rivers says they will have at least a thousand test kits available and she is asking our viewers to attend the event in an effort to give back and save someone else’s life.
According to the Be the Match website, donors mush be in good health, be between the ages of 18-44, and weigh more than 105 Lbs.
Ethnic background does matter, according to experts, and minorities are desperately needed. According to statistics, Caucasian donors make up 97% of those who find a match; Hispanics 80%, American Indians, 77%, Asian, 72%, and African American equate to only 66%.
Crews Lake Park is located at 16739 Crews Lake Drive (See Map Below).
Rivers says, “Just follow the signs” to where they are holding the event.
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