Leukemia patient chronicles cancer journey through photography

April 30, 2020

Reg Campbell is a family man, trainer at Life Time Fitness, and a third-generation photographer fighting leukemia for the third time. The San Antonian chronicled his fight with cancer through photography when he was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017. 

Now, Reg’s work is on display at the Southwest School of Art, thanks to a partnership with the school, Be The Match, and GenCure and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, subsidiaries of BioBridge Global

“Septua is an ongoing personal project I started in my first run with cancer in 2017,” said Reg, who is fighting leukemia for the third time. “Finding a visual representation of leukemia is very hard. Septua gives future patients a visual idea of what they will be going through.”

As Reg searches for the marrow donor who can save his life, he continues to require blood transfusions as part of cancer treatments. He hopes the exhibition will raise awareness about joining the Be The Match Registry and donating blood for cancer patients like him. 

Like 70% of patients in need of a transplant, Reg did not find a full match in his family and instead turned to the Be The Match registry in hopes an unrelated donor could save his live. However, since only 4% of the registry is of African American descent, his chances of finding a match are low. 

Likelihood of finding a Matched Adult Donor on the Be The Match Registry:

  • African American or Black (23%)
  • Asian or Pacific Islander (41%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (46%) 
  • American Indian or Alaska Native (57%)
  • White (77%) 

With no matches on the registry, Reg instead received a half-match transplant from his sister. He went into remission and life went back to normal for almost a year. Then, in November 2018, he relapsed. After another year of treatment, he relapsed again in November 2019. 

Now, a perfect match is his best hope for a cure. 

Join the registry to give Reg and other patients hope of finding their matching donor. Text REGGIE to 61474 or visit join.BeTheMatch.org/Reggie to receive a swab kit. 

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