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Recent News Articles

Mother of three hopes to find a match and add donors to national marrow registry
December 10, 2018
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Taylor Castro has dedicated her life to her family and community, but the young mother of three never expected that she would one day be in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

In early October 2018, six months after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Castro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 

“Even before my diagnosis, I knew about the importance of people joining the registry,” Castro said. “Now that I am actually in it, I can really see how sad it is. Not that many people are on the registry and a lot of people are dying.” 

Castro has worked as a document control coordinator at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, for almost two years. She also has volunteered for marrow awareness events, including World Marrow Donor Day. 

Blood donations especially needed during the holidays
December 6, 2018
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WHAT:   To thank South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donors in December, special donor appreciation items are planned.

WHEN:   Entire month of December

WHERE: All STBTC donor rooms and mobile drives:

San Antonio – Red holiday socks

Victoria – Red holiday socks

Laredo – Red holiday socks and Wayback Burgers coupon for a free hot dog

More to come later this month. Visit SouthTexasBlood.org for the latest blood donor appreciation gifts.

HOW:     Those able to donate blood or platelets are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org

Austin family donates to a patient in need
November 28, 2018
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When Allison Higgins signed up for the national marrow donor registry more than four years ago, she never expected to be a match for a patient.

So when she learned she was a match in October 2018, she had no hesitations about donating – and neither did her family.

“Once I let them know what it was all about, my family was really excited,” said Higgins, who is an accountant with Apple based in Austin. “They said, ‘This is an incredible opportunity. This is so great that you’re able to help someone in this way.’”

November is National Marrow Awareness Month, when organizations like GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, recognize stem cell and bone marrow donors who help save lives around the world and raise awareness about the marrow registry.

November 15, 2018

Every time a cord blood unit for a patient leaves the Texas Cord Blood Bank, it reinforces the lifesaving mission of the GenCure program.

“What’s moving to me every time we send out a unit is the thought of the recipient,” said Rogelio Zamilpa, senior director of apheresis and cord blood in GenCure. “Not by name, of course, but knowing it could be going to help, for example, a 2-month-old baby that has leukemia. That’s pretty powerful.”

TCBB was established by the Texas legislature in 2001 to collect umbilical cord blood, which can help patients, usually children, suffering from potentially fatal blood conditions.

November 12, 2018
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GenCure, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, will commemorate National Marrow Awareness Month as the Harbor Bridge will be illuminated in red, green and blue from Nov. 11-13 to raise awareness about the national marrow donor registry. Corpus Christi mayor Joe McComb will also present a proclamation declaring Nov. 13 as Be the Match Day.

With 13 million people on the national Be The Match registry, only 1 in 430 will go on to donate, making the wait for a match gut-wrenching for patients and families.   Holly Houser’s daughter Laynie was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia in 2015 at the age of 7. By 2016, it was clear she needed an unrelated donor to save her life. Laynie received a bone marrow transplant in 2017.

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