Council Rock Grad Needs Marrow Transplant

A bone marrow donor drive will be held in Richboro on Saturday, Nov. 24.

A 21-year-old Council Rock South graduate who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma two years ago needs a marrow transplant. 

His brother and sister were tested, but aren't a match, so in attempt to find a match, a marrow donor drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Northampton Township Administration Building.

"He needs a marrow transplant," Richboro resident Harry Murray told the board of supervisors earlier this month. "We are running out of options and his life depends on help from you and I."

Murray explained that the young resident, named Nick, has gone through grueling medical procedures, but has not complained once. He is actually more concerned about how his mom and dad are coping with his disease.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma—formerly known as Hodgkin's disease—is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic. It compromises the body's ability to fight infection as it progresses.

Though the actual donation is a surgical procedure, the testing process is quite easy.

"The test is a simple swab of the cheek," Murray said. "It's just a swab."

From 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 people between the ages of 18 and 44 can head to the township building to get tested. People between the ages of 45 and 60 can go to BeTheMatch.org to register and get tested. 

If you're a match for a marrow donation, it is a surgical outpatient procedure that takes place at a hospital, according to Be The Match. Donors receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation. Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bone, and the marrow replaces itself completely within 4 to 6 weeks. Learn more about the donation process here.

Supervisor and Treasurer Kimberly Rose added that, "It's very important for our township to get behind Nick and get tested." 

Marrow Nation November 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
The donation process is not always an out-patient surgical procedure. In fact, the overwhelming majority of donations are non-invasive procedures similar to giving blood platelets. Once the donor's blood has been examined, the donor is given a medical examination to make certain they are healthy enough to donate. Five days prior to donation, the donor is given daily injections of a drug called Filgrastim which causes the donors system to overproduce peripheral blood stem cells. On the fifth day, the donor's excess stem cells are harvested EXACTLY the same way as one gives blood plasma or blood platelets. None of this requires an operation, just time. This is the method which allowed Sally-Ann Roberts to donate her stem cells to her sister and co-anchor of the Good Morning, America Show. The patient's medical team has the final say-so as to which procedure is used, but it is likely a donor's stem cells will be used instead of their marrow cells. Sally-Ann Roberts is a brave person who used what she had in her body to save another human being's life. Do you have such courage? I'll bet you do! Please come to the Northampton Township Administration Building this Saturday and sign up. It takes 5-7 minutes to fill out a consent form and have the inside of your cheeks swabbed. You may save Nick's life or the life of another human being.
Jean November 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
the site indicates that 90% of accepted donors are under 44 and that age group is preferred. If you are over 44 you need to pay $100 to join the registry as a potential donor.
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