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July 9, 2014

July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. In celebration, Be The Match of South Texas is reaching out to our community to encourage potential donors from all ethnicities to consider becoming the cure our patients are waiting for. 

Why is it important for minorities to join Be The Match?

Just like our finger prints, DNA makes us all unique. It's also the key to finding a cure for many blood cancers and disorders. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is a protein – or marker – which communicates to your immune system which cells belong and which do not. It is inherited from both parents, thus the DNA which determines eye and hair color, your ethnicity, etc., also determines which cells are best suited for a particular patient.  

What will a "match" do?

·         Offer a potential cure for blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia.

March 12, 2014

 

February 26, 2014

The heart is an amazing organ. It beats 100,000 times a day, pumping approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through your entire body. Incredible! Since February is National Heart Month, we thought we’d share some helpful hints to keep this little dynamo healthy.

10. No more smoke signals. Smoking causes substantial damage to the heart by damaging blood vessels, making them thicken and narrow. This makes your heart beat faster, your blood pressure rises and clots may form. A clot may then block the blood flow to your heart, damaging or killing the muscle – essentially causing a heart attack.

February 17, 2014

We are privileged everyday to watch random acts of kindness. The many blood donors who walk through our doors, those who sign up online to be a tissue donor, or swab their cheeks to become a part of the Be the Match marrow registry are doing something for someone they will never meet. But there are so many ways to be kind. No matter how big or small, the things we do for others does have an impact. Not sure where to start? Here’s an inspiring story from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s 2014 Kindness Challenge Winner, 1st grade Kind Kids Club in Fresno, California. It’s amazing how children can break down the basic acts of kindness and make a difference. You can too. Click here to see it - prepare to be inspired!

February 4, 2014

In the spring of 2013, Justin Christmas registered for the Be the Match registry at a marrow drive at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Thinking that it was just a good deed crossed off his list, Justin signed up and like the other 9 million donors on the registry, he waited. Eight months later a match was found and he got the magic call – he was a donor that would save someone’s life.

But how did he do it? How does his marrow donation help a patient suffering from cancer?

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