Elise, searching patient: myelodysplastic syndromes

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Just one match could change my life.

Elise was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a disease that affects her bone marrow and often progresses to leukemia. With only 15% of remaining functioning bone marrow, Elise’s only hope for a cure is a blood stem cell donor like you.

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I just want a chance to get to my 40s. My 20s were a struggle––30s can be smooth sailing after we get over the hump.


As a teenager, Elise battled and beat thyroid cancer. Now, 10 years later, the radiation that once saved her life has caused myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). This disease negatively impacts normal blood cells in bone marrow and often leads to leukemia. Currently, Elise receives weekly transfusions and immunotherapies to keep her stable while she waits eagerly for a matching blood stem cell donor.

Despite her illness, Elise continues to share her spirit with the community that surrounds her. An avid baker, Elise owns WinniE’s Bakery in Baltimore, Md., is writing her own cookbook and consistently partners with charitable organizations.

Finding a donor would allow Elise to live all the shining possibilities that await her. But every day, she deals with the reality of a very urgent timeline to find that match. With a simple 20-second cheek swab, you could help Elise to live without pain––and without the worry that she won’t be able to see the bright future ahead of her.

step 1

Register online.

Answer simple questions about your medical history to make sure you meet health guidelines.

Join the Donor Registry.

step 2

Wait for test kit.

Receive a cheek swab kit by mail in about 3–7 days.

step 3

Swab cheek. Return kit.

Your sample will be tested and your genetic type will be added to the NMDP Registry.

step 4

Stay committed. Be patient.

Because of the genetic complexity of matching donors to patients, it could be several months or many years before you’re matched to a patient.

step 5

Say "yes" when asked to donate.

Patients and their families are counting on you to keep your promise to donate if needed. You could be someone’s only hope for a cure.

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At NMDP SM, we believe each of us holds the key to curing blood cancers and disorders. As a global nonprofit leader in cell therapy, NMDP creates essential connections between researchers and supporters to inspire action and accelerate innovation to find life-saving cures. With the help of blood stem cell donors from the world’s most diverse registry and our extensive network of transplant partners, physicians and caregivers, we’re expanding access to treatment so that every patient can receive their life-saving cell therapy. NMDP. Find cures. Save lives.