Sheriff Ortiz to Hold Marrow Registration for 5-Year-Old Boy

September 17, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – In September 2011, five-year-old Nolan Naranjo from San Benito, TX, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that puts patients at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.* After months of failed treatment, Naranjo has turned to the Be The Match marrow registry to find a lifesaving donor. To help find his match, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is partnering with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) to host an employee marrow registration.

WHAT:            Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Marrow Registration
WHEN:            Wednesday, Sept. 19
                         7am – 7pm (media interviews from 10am – 11am)
WHERE:          Bexar County Adult Detention Center – In the GetAway Café
                         200 N. Comal, San Antonio, TX 78207

“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office gladly joins forces with HAPCOA and STBTC to help find Naranjo and patients like him a lifesaving match,” said Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz. “We are proud to extend our efforts in saving lives beyond the streets of Bexar County in hopes that more lives will be saved.”

An ethnically diverse registry means more patients will have a better chance at finding a suitable match. Registering is easy and consists of paperwork and four cheek swabs.

“A few minutes could save Nolan’s life,” said Jennifer Naranjo, Nolan’s mother. “We’re thankful for people coming together to help.”

You must be between 18 and 60 years old and in good general health to join the registry. You can register at any STBTC neighborhood site or visit City Church Downtown on Sunday, Sept. 23. Visit southtexasblood.org for more information.

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*Information taken from www.marrow.org