GenCure, in partnership with Be The Match, is helping find marrow donors for Riley and patients like her. If you are between the ages of 18 to 44, you can register for the Be The Match online! Click the button and use the promo code: spitforriley
Riley Furlong is a nine-year-old girl from Austin, Texas. Riley loves music -- she is an accomplished piano player, a member of her church choir and performs with her church hand bells group. She is also a talented photographer and has been featured as the artist of the month by a wonderful program focused on teaching photography to kids being treated for cancer. Riley loves to cool off with a swim on hot summer days, shoot hoops in the driveway, jump on the trampoline in the backyard, sing along with her favorite songs on the radio and play with her sister Annabel and her dog Indy. Above all, Riley is known for her big smile and her upbeat, positive attitude. She’s always looking for ways to brighten someone’s day.
In December 2016 Riley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past year and is now preparing for the next phase of treatment – most likely a bone marrow transplant. Through all the challenges of cancer treatment, Riley keeps her chin up and keeps on smiling.
Spit For Riley to Help Fight Cancer!
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 Riley 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.
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.