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There are some people who are just meant to change the world. That's what Rowan was to our GenCure family. Diagnosed with Schwachman-Diamond Syndrome, a rare disease that affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow, Rowan received dozens of blood transfusions and spent more than 1,000 days in the hospital. That’s a lot for anyone to endure at any age, let alone a 10-year-old boy. But Rowan never faltered in his faith in people. He loved his life and inspired others to never take a moment for granted.
Our team worked tirelessly to help find Rowan a marrow match, which he desperately needed to save his life. Unfortunately, a match was not found on the national marrow registry and Rowan passed away from complications on December 15, 2016.
Rowan said, "If you can't see the good... make the good." That's our mission now. To find the good and make his dreams of putting 1 million potential donors on the Be The Match registry a reality.
GenCure, a partner and authorized donor center of the Be The Match Program, coordinates donor registration, marrow donation and search activities providing donor suitability, management, collection and processing of stem cells for patients hoping for a cure.
Its marrow donor program hosts marrow registration drives and special events across South Texas to find donors for patients like Rowan and promote awareness about the urgent need for more potential donors.
What does signing up for the registry entail?
Signing up for the Be The Match Registry simply means you are making yourself available to patients who might one day need you.
If you are between the ages of 18 to 44, please register. Registering only takes about 5 minutes and consists of paperwork and a cheek swab. The swabs collect DNA samples to determine your HLA typing which is used to match with a patient's HLA type.
For more about the donation process, click here.