The Appleton Post Crescent featured 41-year-old Michael McAvoy’s marrow donation story. McAvoy registered to be a donor more than 13 years ago and was slated to donate in 2002. Unfortunately, the patient died before he could help. When his phone rang in 2011, he was eager to save a life and donated peripheral blood stem cells without hesitation.
Kelli VanderWielen, a Be The Match recruitment specialist based at the Community Blood Center in Appleton, highlighted Be The Match’s role in helping those who don’t have a marrow match within their family. For VanderWielen, the most important part about being a donor is the commitment to helping those in need.