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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 15
Community Corner: Locals help a custody deputy in need
BY EMMA FUHS
Trevor Carpenter, a father of four and 10-year veteran of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on July 5, 2013. After going through several rounds of chemotherapy in the months that followed, he went into remission. This April, he learned that cancer had returned. His doctor told him it’s crucial he receive a bone marrow transplant to fight the disease.
In hopes of helping Carpenter find the necessary match, the Sheriff’s Department held a marrow donor registry drive June 6 through Be The Match, a national association that helps patients find suitable donors for bone marrow transplants. A total of 65 potential donors registered at the event.
After filling out a consent form, participants underwent a cheek swab. The swab is able to determine if the potential donor matches Carpenter or thousands of other patients across the country that have leukemia or other diseases and are in urgent need of a transplant.
Be the Match provides support for people year after year. The organization is responsible for matching donors with patients who require bone marrow and cord blood transplants. In 2013 alone, the organization made it possible for 6,300 patients to receive life-altering transplants.
There are more opportunities for community members to make a difference in the lives of Trevor Carpenter and others in need of bone marrow. You can join the registry online by going to join.bethematch.org. The promo code for these efforts is “Hope4Trevor.” Other drives will be held locally in the upcoming months, including one in Santa Maria in July.
Intern Emma Fuhs compiled this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via email, fax, or mail.
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