You are not donating for a patient at this time. The cheek swab is used to add your tissue type to the registry.

A Cub Scout Needs Help! 

My son, Christopher Boadu with Pack 232, is nine years old and has sickle cell anemia. He has the need to undergo a bone marrow transplant and I'm humbly requesting if any of our Scout volunteers, between the ages of 18 and 44 years, would be tested for a possible DNA match for Christopher.

Christopher was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth. At the age of 3 he was intubated for 9 days; at 7 years old he had stroke at his left limbs. After these two episodes he was put on monthly blood transfusion list, awaiting a bone marrow transplant to free him of the sickle cells.

When a child is diagnosed with sickle cell anemia he deals with it throughout adulthood which is the main driver of how Scouting became integral in the life of my family, especially for Christopher. I enrolled him in Scouting to learn the responsibilities of citizenship, character building and also to develop personal fitness understanding - goals which would be very essential to his growth due to his health situation.

Christopher loves Cub Scouts and has been very active in all pack meeting and den activities. My family will forever be thankful to anyone who will be willing to be tested and we do believe that your participation will make a difference to save Christopher's life.

The test is a simple cheek swab that would be tested for a DNA match with Christopher. Volunteers could either register online for a cheek swab kit to be mailed directly to them or participate in a live donor drive whereby coordinators from the National Donor Registry will be on site to take the sample swab. This opportunity will be available at our October 7 Roundtable meeting.

Geoffrey Boadu,

Christopher’s Father and Cubmaster Pack 232

Bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. A donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into a patient’s bloodstream, where they can begin to function and multiply. For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, they need a donor who is a close match.

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