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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 ( 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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  • God Bless You Young Lady 💕

    Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 12:17 pm
  • What a great story Tom and Congratulations to the young lady and all involved !! Only 5 comments on a great article, should be many more comments on this.! ! GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL INVOLVED😃

    Sunday, 29 April 2018, 10:17 am
  • It is a damn shame that more people like this young lady would step up and help those in need. It does not matter whether you are black, white, Hispanic or otherwise. If you can save a life God Bless you.

    Saturday, 28 April 2018, 5:40 pm
  • A applaud this very generous young lady. What a awesome gift it would be to actually save someone’s life. I was on a bone marrow donor registry for many years but sadly was taken off for age. I know they have their reasons but if you’re the only one to match it seems to me a little older marrow would be better than none. I pray that Miss Meza receives many blessings for her unselfish gift.

    Saturday, 28 April 2018, 10:42 am
  • I am so very proud of this young lady. May God richly bless you for stepping up to save someone’s life. That is a very selfless thing to do. I’m pretty sure the family of the intended recipient will one day want to meet you too, to thank you for giving them a 2nd chance at life. Keep Tom posted on the outcome of all of this. And Tom, we want to see updates on this sir.. 😉

    Friday, 27 April 2018, 11:34 pm
  • Thank you for spreading the word Tom,and to everyone participating.🏆

    Friday, 27 April 2018, 8:52 pm

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