Our family is many things, silly included. When my beautiful wife Tracy Jalbuena fell ill with the blood cancer Multiple Myeloma, we started putting together videos to call for help. When we asked our son and daughter on camera what could cure Multiple Myeloma, we weren’t surprised to hear something other than the literal truth.
In this video, our kids share their ideas for what might cure multiple myeloma:
The uncomfortable truth we leaven with our fun: the only option with a chance for a cure is an allogeneic transplant of bone marrow stem cells from a donor — a donor who must be a near-perfect match for Tracy. Most people find a match in the National Bone Marrow Registry, but because of Tracy’s multiethnic heritage her bone marrow type is rare. There is currently no match available for Tracy.
We’re out of options… unless you or someone you know steps up to the plate, joins the Bone Marrow registry and turns out to be the one — Tracy’s match.
Would you like to be a lifesaver? To give it a shot, all you have to do is head over to a website called bethematch.org and sign up to be tested for the National Bone Marrow Registry. It’s easy, it’s painless, and for people aged 18-44 (who statistically have the healthiest marrow) it’s absolutely free. You can even do it by mail.
Here’s the best part — even if you don’t turn out to be the match for Tracy, you could end up being the match for someone else. There are thousands of people who need a match to save their lives. You could do so much good with so little trouble to yourself. Are you in? Will you do it?
Even if you can’t or won’t send a sample in, please share this video with your friends, your family, heck even your archnemesis if you think it would be helpful. And if you can manage just a few moments — please, Be The Match. Thank you.