Sunday, July 16, 2006

Navy SEAL Needs Help

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

GM Roper has the details. Excerpt:
"Justin, 27, whose last name is not being disclosed at the request of the Defense Department, is in need, and Americans, especially readers in the Washington area, have an opportunity to help.

"Last month, the Iraq war veteran was diagnosed with leukemia, which is normally treated with chemotherapy. Justin, however, has a rare condition that makes his best chance of survival dependent on a bone marrow transplant....Unless a match can be found, leukemia patients often die within months....

"Testing is painless. Volunteers would be administered a simple swab on the inside of the cheek to find out if they're a match. That's it. In the rare case you are a match, the marrow extraction process itself is also relatively simple. The procedure includes the taking of a small amount of marrow via needle from the back of the pelvic bone, according to the Defense Department's Donor Program, at either Georgetown University Hospital or the University of Maryland's Greenbaum Medical Center in Baltimore. Patients are fully anesthetized at all times. Concerned readers are encouraged to contact Eddy Medina of the Defense Department program (800-627-7693 ext. 223) to learn more about the testing and procedure...."
Link to the DOD's marrow-donor program.

Walk-In registration programs are available at several bases throughout the United States. Click for more information.


At 7/16/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Oh man, my heart goes out to him. Here's hoping a match is found quickly.

At 7/17/2006 9:27 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks for spreading the story ..we will pray AOW ..:)

At 7/17/2006 11:53 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

The closest walk-in to me is Wright Patterson. I think I'll call the Sgt. and see if walk-in registration is availalble.

At 7/17/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

If anyone is near a clinic, please do volunteer. My grandpa died of luekenmia in a very short time after diagnosis.

Donation is a blessing from God.

At 7/17/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Bless you.

At 7/18/2006 4:05 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

AOW, Justin will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you don't mindme posting a link back to this message at my site. I wish there was more that i could say or do.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

At 7/18/2006 7:32 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Thanks! Spread the word.

At 7/22/2006 1:39 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

So, what do you do if you cannot get to one of these facilities?

At 7/22/2006 1:40 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Not to mention that you'd have to be in the military.

At 7/22/2006 5:18 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

This link shows civilian drives.


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