St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 22 2013
Writer Caryn Sullivan highlighted the importance of bone marrow donation in a St. Paul Pioneer Press story about two transplant recipients and a bone marrow donor. In 2006, 1-year-old Luke Williams of Milaca, Minn., was experiencing respiratory problems. After several tests, doctors determined he was fighting myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder formerly known as pre-leukemia. His only hope for survival was an unrelated bone marrow donor. Thankfully, he found a suitable donor on the Be The Match Registry. Against the odds, Luke’s younger sister was also diagnosed with the same life-threatening disease. Yet again, their family found a second chance at life through Be The Match.
Sullivan’s article also featured the story of Laura Gintant, a Minnesota woman who donated bone marrow to a 3-year-old Nebraska boy three years ago. Since her donation, she’s met the boy and his family. As a tradition, the pair now participates in the annual Minneapolis Be The Match Walk+Run to help raise awareness about the need for more donors.