South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and GenCure are teaming up with Big Lou's Pizza for a blood and marrow drive in honor of Lane, who is battling aplastic anemia, on Saturday, January 19. Lane’s family encourages those who can to sign up for the marrow registry or donate blood.
ALL PRESENTING BLOOD DONORS WILL RECEIVE:
- a voucher for a 20 inch one topping Big Lou's pizza
- a movie ticket
- a Big Lou's t-shirt
- a raffle ticket entry for a chance to win two tickets to see San Antonio's Professional Basketball team
Make a dual red donation and receive a $10 H-E-B gift card or make a platelet donation and receive a $20 H-E-B gift card.
GenCure, in partnership with Be The Match, is helping find marrow donors for patients like Lane. Signing up for the Be The Match Registry simply means you are making yourself available to patients who might one day need you. If you are between the ages of 18 to 44, you can register for the Be The Match registry.
Text GenCure to 61474 to begin the registration process.
Receive another 20 inch one topping Big Lou's pizza when you present a confirmation email that you have joined the registry.
A GenCure representative will be at the drive to provide more details.
In late July 2018, what started as a long cold and rash soon had the Hardin family in and out of hospitals, trying to find out what was causing Lane’s illness. Doctors raced for weeks to figure out why Lane’s blood levels were so low. In August, Lane underwent a bone biopsy. Shortly after, doctors told Lane’s parents he had a blood disorder.
Since then, Lane has had many hospital stays, blood transfusions and doctor visits as he battles aplastic anemia.
“Having your child diagnosed is almost like dealing with a death of a loved one,” said Ty, Lane’s father. “As a parent, you don’t ever want to see your child or someone close to you go through that.”
Currently, he is receiving immunosuppressant therapy treatment in hopes that his body will respond and won’t need a marrow transplant.
HOW STBTC & GENCURE ARE JUMPING IN TO HELP
Giving blood means bridging the space between two lives. One is healthy, vibrant and generous. The other is experiencing illness, trauma and uncertainty. Making a blood donation is one of the most intimate and priceless gifts one can give and The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is honored to be the bridge between those two lives.
How do you prep for blood donation? Find out here.
GenCure, a partner and authorized donor center of the Be The Match Program (National Marrow Donor Registry), coordinates donor registration, marrow donation and search activities providing donor suitability, management, collection and processing of stem cells for patients hoping for a cure. Its marrow donor program hosts marrow registration drives and special events across South Texas to find donors for patients like Nattalie and promote awareness about the urgent need for more potential donors.
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Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health can donate blood. Donors must present photo ID, last four digits of their Social Security number and their birth date.