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Beckham MacGillivray's Marrow Transplant Story

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Bree MacGillivray shares the story of her 8-year-old son Beckham who was diagnosed with blood cancer and received a life-saving marrow transplant. Bree has been an advocate for Be the Match and is working with the Idaho Air National Guard to hold a marrow drive July 13 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

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Beckham MacGillivray's Marrow Transplant Story

  1. 1. Who Am I? • I am a mother of a son who is living today because of Be The Match The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 1
  2. 2. Be The Match • Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. • 70% of patients do not have a donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match. The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 2
  3. 3. PBSC Donation • Peripheral Blood Stem Cells Donation – Non-surgical – 5 days before: Medication to boost stem cells – Very similar to the machine used to donate platelets or plasma – Done over 76% of the time • Side Effects – You may experience headaches or joint pain from the meds taken prior to donation. – Resolves shortly after procedure. The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 3
  4. 4. PBSC Donation The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 4
  5. 5. Marrow Donation • Surgical Procedure – Given anesthesia, so you feel no pain during the donation. • Liquid marrow from the back of the pelvic bone is withdrawn. • Done less than 24% of the time. • Side Effects: – You may be sore for a few days up to 1-2 weeks after. The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 5
  6. 6. Joining the Registry • To join the registry, you must be: – Between the ages of 18-44 – Generally in good health – Willing to donate to anyone in need • Signing Up: – Fill out consent form – Cheek swab The NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM® operates the Be The Match Registry®. 6

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