Local Student Saves Life Through DKMS Stem Cell Donation

Local Student Saves Life Through DKMS Stem Cell Donation

by: Olivia Whitehead - KLBK

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

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“Eleven years ago my dad was the recipient of a kidney transplant from someone in the community who heard he was in need of a donor. So I knew what is was like to rely on someone outside of your family to give your loved one the gift of life and I wanted to be available to return that favor if it ever came up.”

After seeing a donor drive sign up while attending Abilene Christian University as an undergraduate, she quickly registered through a simple process of swabbing her cheek and sending it off. Five years later, she was finally able to return the favor saying, “when I got the call it was unexpected, but I was excited to finally get the chance to do this for someone.”

Now DKMS is making the process just as simple at home with mail in kits that can be received by registering online through DKMS.org. They encourage eligible individuals to support their mission by volunteering with their organization.

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