Thank you so much to everyone for your incredible support in Nina’s journey to find a bone marrow donor. After two years of treatment, Nina received a cord-blood transplant at UCLA from the national cord blood registry on August 30th. She celebrated her “re-birthday” with a little blue cake and sprinkles of hope for the future.
Like so many other patients, Nina did not find a bone marrow donor in the national registry. She was fortunate to have the option of using a cord blood transplant, a privilege many lymphoma and leukemia patients do not have. You can continue help these patients by getting typed with a free home typing kit, or by getting typed in person at a local drive in LA, SF or NYC, or going to a recruitment center across the US or Internationally, and by helping to spread the word. The process to find a match is simple – with a kit (at home or at a drive), swab your cheek and then send the swab back in. That’s it!
Please learn more about Nina’s story here and follow her on Facebook for more updates:
Nina’s Personal Blog on the Huffington Post:
Los Angeles Times
NBC News San Francisco
NBC News Los Angeles