Jeana - posted on 03/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
My Grandaughter, Jada, was born with leukemia in April of 2007. When she was 5 months old she had already had 4 chemo treatments but they were not working. The doctors told my daughter and son-in-law that Jada would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. We began the search for a match for Jada. No one in our family matched, no one on the US registry matched, Jada found her match on the International Registry. One person in the world matched Jada, Torsten Huber from Germany. Torsten gave his cells to a stranger and saved her life!
Jada will be celebrating her 5th birthday on April 16th. She looks forward to going to preschool everyday, she loves mac and cheese and is a warm, loving, vibrant, spirited little girl. We are ever grateful to Torsten for his gift of life.
When Jada came home from the hospital in remission I was moved to help others in need of a bone marrow transplant to find their match. I created the Jada Bascom Foundation to educate and enroll potential donors with the US national registry, Be The Match. Our first project, Steps To-Marrow, was a walk across America. I walked over 4,400 miles and we enrolled over 3,500 new donors with Be The Match. I am getting ready for my 2nd Steps To-Marrow Walk. I will begin on May 1st in Kiel, Germany (In honor of Torsten) and will be walking to Venice, Italy. It is a sea to sea walk...the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea. I will be enrolling donors with DKMS the German Donor Center, the Swiss Blood Stem Cell Foundation and the Italian Bone Marrow Registry.
You can help in two ways:
1) With a simple cheek swab you can find out if you are a match for some one in need. Go to http://join.bethematch.org/stepstomarrow, Fill out the form and the registry will mail you a cheek swab kit. It is that easy and it is free. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 that is medically eligible can join.
2) For expectant mothers please talk with your obstetrician about donating your cord blood to save a life.
For more info visit
Jada Bascom FND: http://www.stepstomarrow.com
Be The Match: http://www.bethematch.org
Swiss Blood Stem Cells: http://www.sbsc.ch/
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I submit this humbly and with deep gratitude,
Jada Bascom Foundation, CEO and Walking Representative