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    Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

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    An anonymous member asked if I would post this, and I told him/her I'd be happy to do so.

    Redszone Family,

    I’m requesting your help for a friend of mine that I work with. Chris Herrell is a sales manager with the Reds, and he has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant from a tissue match. Right now, no one in the database of over 10 million people matches Chris.

    Tomorrow (Friday) morning at the Reds Hall of Fame, there is a drive hosted for Chris to find a match. Getting tested is easy and pain/needle FREE. All you have to do is swab the inside of your cheek with a kit they provide.

    Chris is a father of three, 8 and 2 year old boys, and 5 month old girl they recently adopted. He’s only 39 years old and he needs our help desperately.

    Here is a short excerpt from his wife’s recent journal entry on Wednesday night:

    “Major changes today. Chris’s counts have crashed. He has the lowest numbers we have ever seen. We had our long transplant meeting with (the Doctor) and the coordinator this afternoon. They have updated Chris’s status in the registry to critical. We are moving to transplant with a less than perfect match. They are concerned he is moving to the devastating form of leukemia we have worried about and we cannot wait any more. The registries are urgently searching for those potential matches that have not responded. They are calling donor family members, they are trying new phone numbers, they are reaching out any possible way they can to try to find them.“

    His story and drive information is linked below:

    http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_...e-marrow-match

    I thank everyone for their help in a time of serious need.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Marrow Transplant

    This is what Robin Roberts had. I encourage everyone to get registered even if it can't help this guy. I have a cousin who's about 5 yrs removed from this and doing OK.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    This is what Robin Roberts had. I encourage everyone to get registered even if it can't help this guy. I have a cousin who's about 5 yrs removed from this and doing OK.
    I registered with be the match a while ago at the suggestion of a friend and sent the information/samples.
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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    My girlfriend and I are both planning to go to the next Saturday event. Seems like the right thing to do.

    I hope they can find him a match.
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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Marrow Transplant

    Just to iterate, the kit is free and super easy. Coincidentally, I ordered one a couple days ago for someone else in need of a transplant.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Chris was just on with Mo Egger.

    Mo said The Holy Grail at the Banks is giving away a free beer if you register! I'm definitely going (regardless of the beer).

    I hope the weather doesn't stop many people, this is too important!

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Anyway for people outside of Cincinnati to take part?

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrake View Post
    Anyway for people outside of Cincinnati to take part?
    www.bethematch.org

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by sdwagers View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Registered this afternoon.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Just registered to have the kit mailed to me- it takes about 5 minutes, and is free.
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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    I' over 44 (not even close ). Anyone know the cut off is age 44?
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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191 View Post
    I' over 44 (not even close ). Anyone know the cut off is age 44?
    They have an FAQ section. They don't state why though.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191 View Post
    I' over 44 (not even close ). Anyone know the cut off is age 44?
    The likelihood that the recipient rejects the marrow is much greater if the donor is over 44.
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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Though i am not local, i went ahead and registered. My kit will arrive in about two weeks, and from what I have read, will be too late to really help, but maybe i'll be a match for someone else.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Reds Employee in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    Though i am not local, i went ahead and registered. My kit will arrive in about two weeks, and from what I have read, will be too late to really help, but maybe i'll be a match for someone else.
    I don't think it will be necessarily. It still takes about a month to prep him for the transplant according to one of articles I've seen.

    Also, here is a link to Chris's Be The Match page:

    http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/...40&pg=personal


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