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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. 

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.

Texas Cord Blood Bank gives hope to patients locally and around the world
November 15, 2018
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A week after Sedrick was born, he was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disease that causes a child to be born with little to no immune system. Sedrick’s diagnosis meant he was susceptible to life-threatening infections. His parents isolated him, and themselves, at home while eagerly waiting for a cure.

Fortunately, Sedrick received a lifesaving cord blood transplant several weeks after his diagnosis and is now looking forward to his 4-year birthday.

“It was such a relief,” said Sedrick’s mother Franziska. “You’ve been told your baby is going to die without a cord blood transplant and you’re just waiting to hear if there’s a match. Once we got the call that we found the match, we knew that we could move forward.”

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.

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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