BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Roswell Park is holding a bone marrow donor drive next week to fight leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease.
Michael Nwachukwu was born with sickle cell disease, but thanks to a bone marrow transplant, he doesn't have it anymore.
Dr. Meghan Higman of Roswell Park said, "We've known for years that we can use it for kids with leukemia or kids who need something to replace a bad bone marrow. What we learned, though, was that kids with sickle cell disease have something wrong in their bone marrow and they need to have a change."
Sickle cell disease produces painful crises in those who have it. Nwachukwu's last one was really severe.
His mother, Tammy Defraffenried, said, "It was so painful, he couldn't get out of bed to let myself or his dad know that he was having a crisis. He said he couldn't even move."
She discovered the possibility of a transplant in a magazine article, and Nwachukwu was lucky - he had a donor at home.
"My sister was the donor; it was a perfect match," he said.
A growing number are being transplanted, but they're still at relatively low levels across the country, mainly because of donor issues. Only 30 percent of people who need a bone marrow transplant have a match in their family, and doctors are looking for unrelated donors.
Roswell Park is holding a donor drive next Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in their lobby. It's easy to be tested. You fill out some information and just swab the inside of your cheeks.
Nwachukwu's other sister was tested on Thursday. The more donors doctors register, the more people will be cured.
"There's no way to get the cure if you don't know about it, so I'd just like people to be more aware about the cure," Nwachukwu said.
Dr. Higman added, "It's the one time that you can donate something that is a relatively minor procedure that can really save a life."
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