GenCure, in partnership with Be The Match, is helping find marrow donors for Nattalie 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: teamnattalie
In 2015, Nattalie was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 9.
On August 16, 2017, Nattalie was admitted to the hospital with a severe fever. After several bone marrow biopsies, doctors diagnosed Nattalie with myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition where her body does not make enough healthy blood cells.
Nattalie's only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.
How GenCure is jumping in to help
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 Nattalie 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.