Becoming a Bone Marrow Donor
Tim and Maggie Murry’s four sons — Sean, 21, Patrick, 17, Danny, 12, and Timmy, 9, — all have Diamond Blackfan anemia, an extremely rare and life-threatening blood disorder. The congenital condition inhibits bone marrow from producing an adequate amount of red blood cells, which are essential for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Without treatment, unstable amounts of iron accumulate in the body, resulting in blood toxicity, vital organ damage and death. The only cure for the chronic disease is a bone marrow transplant from a compatible donor. Tara Schuh, director of communications for Delete Blood Cancer, explains the simple process to become a bone marrow donor and potentially save the life of one of the 14,000 people in need of a transplant every year.