Signing up for the marrow donor registry isn’t just easy, it’s just a swab away!
Kami and Kyra Crawford know what it’s like to try and find a matching marrow or stem cell donor.
The sisters are living with sickle cell anemia, a chronic blood disorder that causes severe pain and fatigue. They had considered a marrow transplant as a treatment that could lead to living pain-free lives. However, African Americans are largely underrepresented on the national marrow registry.
Kami and Kyra are now pursuing other options to beat sickle cell anemia, but they want to raise awareness about the need for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to join the marrow registry.
It only takes a few minutes to sign up. To find out more about marrow donation, please click here.
All presenting donors at our blood and marrow drive will score:
For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.
Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.
But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.
We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:
Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.