Marrow donor registry drive to honor former Texas Ranger Al Cuellar
South Texans will get a chance to help a retired officer of the Texas Rangers and learn more about the organization at the same time on Saturday, Aug. 27, in downtown San Antonio.
The GenCure marrow donor program is hosting a marrow registry drive in honor of retired Texas Ranger Al Cuellar that day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and The Texas Ranger Museum, housed together at 318 E. Houston St.
Qualified donors for the registry will receive free admission to the museums the day of the drive. Friends and family members accompanying the registering donor will be admitted for 50 percent off the standard admission. There will also be beer tasting at The Buckhorn Saloon during the event.
Signing up for the bone marrow registry takes approximately 10 minutes, including paperwork and a cheek swab. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44 to sign up.
Cuellar was a member of the Texas Rangers’ Company D in San Antonio from 1978-96, working on a wide range of cases in a five-county area and serving on security details for Texas governors. He was named to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was diagnosed with myleodysplastic syndrome, a serious bone marrow disorder, in 2013, and with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014. He underwent chemotherapy and went into remission in 2014.
However, the MDS returned in the fall of 2015. A major part of his therapy is a bone marrow transplant; however, a match for him has not been found on the national or global registries.
“Al Cuellar served the state as a trooper and a Texas Ranger for 28 years,” said Jon Hudson, community lead for the GenCure marrow donor program. “We would love to find a match for him and to honor his service by adding as many people as possible to the registry.”
More information about Cuellar is available at GenCure.org/RangerCuellar.