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Recent News Articles

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.

November 7, 2018

Throughout November, blood donors in San Antonio area will receive a gift card from one from the following sponsors Topgolf or Rudy’s Bar-B-Q as a thank you from The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, for helping the community. The Center is preparing for the upcoming holidays when the need for blood donations is great, but blood and platelet donations when frequent donors go on vacation.

In appreciation of those who donate in November, STBTC will be giving away coupons:

GenCure hosts Be the Cure on Campus registry drive to find matches for blood cancer patients
November 5, 2018
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Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students in Laredo can save a life by signing up for the marrow donor registry at the Be the Cure on Campus drive from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, will have information tables on campus Nov. 5 - 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Breezeway, Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center Green and Student Center rotunda.

For patients like seven-year-old Leighton De La Rosa, every person who joins the marrow donor registry is helping to find a cure for cancer. After eight months in remission, Leighton was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins anaplastic lymphoma, a rare blood cancer, for the second time. Leighton needs a bone marrow transplant but is still awaiting a match.

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