Rodrequies Poe joined the national registry of bone marrow donors in a somewhat comical way. He elected to join the United States Navy in March of 2011. During his first few days of boot camp, sleep was at a premium. “You spend the days signing your life away and doingContinue Reading

Eva Hall is a mother of 5, encourager of many, and friend to all. Imagine yourself going to the mall, getting your nails done, or picking up food for the family and suddenly you pass out. Imagine tickling your daughter and feeling light headed, or simply laughing hard leaves youContinue Reading

In May 2016 I was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia called MDS (myleodysplastic syndrome}. Prior to being diagnosed, my only health complaints were a random onset of what felt like asthma attacks during my cycling classes (the only reason I went to the doctor), feeling very tired, and notContinue Reading

In May of 1977 my grandmother died from cancer. I was fourteen years old and it was my first experience of losing someone very special to me. I’d made a vow that if I were dying from cancer or any other fatal disease, I would keep silent like my grandmotherContinue Reading

Summer is one of the most exciting times for a kid.  Summer means swimming pools, the ice cream man, hanging out with friends, and enjoying just being a kid.  For 11-year old Micah Johnson, his over the summer break story will be much different.  For Micah, his summer has consistedContinue Reading

“I would have never thought it would be me,” says Shreveport native Andre Clark, about his recent cancer diagnosis.  Since his days of playing sports at Huntington High School, to keeping up with his four kids, Andre has always been active and healthy until he was diagnosed with Acute MyelogenousContinue Reading

UPDATE: Sadly Bryce passed away on July, 23rd 2016 From the facebook page, Bryce’s Bubbling Bravery: 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the Good Fight, I have finished the race, I have kept my Faith. This Morning our Sweet Angel went on to be with his Heavenly Father. No moreContinue Reading

On January 15, 2015  high school senior Essence White was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) just two weeks before her 18th birthday. AML is an aggressive form of blood cancer located in the bone marrow. Doctors concluded that Essence needed a bone marrow transplant to survive but she did not have a fullContinue Reading

SAD UPDATE: Shahonna passed away August 17th 2016. see: Born with bone marrow failure also known as aplastic anemia, I was told several months ago that the only way that I will be healed and have a chance at survival is to get a stem cell transplant,  also known as aContinue Reading

UPDATE: Sorry to report that Tonisa passed away on August 6th 2015 just 10 days after her story was posted to this site. Did you know that with ten minutes of your time, you have the potential to add hours, days, even years to the life of another human being?Continue Reading

Judge Carl Fox has led an active and interesting life: In 1984, he was appointed the first black District Attorney in North Carolina. In 2005, he became Senior Superior Court Judge and holds the position to this day. He’s also well-known for baking delicious cheesecakes and giving them away to people!Continue Reading

Patrick is a young man with big dreams. In 2009, after beating blood cancer as a teenager, he combined his love of design with his experience as a patient to create clothing specifically suited for the needs of cancer patients. In March, 2015, Patrick learned that he had developed a rareContinue Reading

Darrell Collins  loves art and music, telling jokes, and playing Xbox. He was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at age 7 in July 2010. Doctors have determined Darrell needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. His mother Chaklan Lacy says they have been searching for a donor for five years but have not found one becauseContinue Reading

Dr. William Dablah, Jr. UPDATE: Sadly, Dr. William Dablah, Jr. passed away on Friday May 8th 2015. ————————————————– William is a 44 year old anesthesiologist at Piedmont Newnan Hospital (Newnan, GA – southwest of Atlanta) and father of two, ages 15 and 12. He was recently diagnosed with very aggressive metastatic lymphoma.Continue Reading

GREAT NEWS: (July 1st, 2016). After more than three years of searching Lonnie recently received notification that a match was found outside of the United States. He is Scheduled to be admitted to the City of Hope Hospital on July 19th, 2016 for eight days of Chemotherapy and then aContinue Reading

In 2012 Phil Meeks now 47 years old went to the doctor with shortness of breath and pain in his legs thinking it was because he smoked cigarettes. The news he got was shocking. Not only was he was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) in August of 2012, he was alsoContinue Reading

UPDATE: Sad to report that Stephanie passed away on Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 Stephanie “Sophie” Campbell 47 of Roanoke VA is known for her faith in God which keeps her positive. Friends and coworkers at Wheeler Broadcasting had come accustomed to her smiling face and friendly demeanor. Some oftenContinue Reading

Six year old Josh is like most of the children his age. However Josh was born with the hereditary disease sickle cell anemia which caused him to have a severe stroke when he was only 20 months old. That stroke left him with weakness on the right side of his body.Continue Reading

Sad Update: ‎ Tameia Carter passed away at 8:45 am on June 14th, 2016. My name is Tameia Carter I am a 34 year old mother of three girls (16, 9 and 1yr). I’ve always been a singer.. It’s a habit! And love to dance with my girls. After almost 3Continue Reading

UPDATE: Traneka passed away on the morning of December 31st, 2014 Traneka Davis is an aspiring television writer living in Los Angeles who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2013. Traneka has been searching for a life‐saving bone marrow donor since late last year, so far her search has turned upContinue Reading

When I was a child I was not aware that I had any type of illness, but my mother knew since I was very young. It never really had any effect on me. They told her that one day I will need a bone marrow transplant but it wasn’t necessaryContinue Reading

Mary was only weeks old when she became Taber and Burke Bingham’s foster child. As Mary grew, the Binghams became attached and adopted her at 18 months old. Only hours before they adopted her, they learned that she had an aggressive form of Leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). MaryContinue Reading

Kendrick L. Beavers, native Dallasite and born visionary, received the vision for The Kenny Beavers Foundation while fighting for his life.  In 2004, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and his life would never be the same. As part of the harsh treatment to fight this disease he endured highContinue Reading

My name is Ro-Lunda Jackson and I am a PBSC donor. I signed up for the registry in February of 1997. I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and at the time my husband, son and I were visiting the local Stock Show and Rodeo. Becoming a part of theContinue Reading

UPDATE: Sheena lost her battle on January 3rd, 2017. Since being diagnosed in 2012 she continued her studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU and was ordained a Reverend in the C.M.E. church. She was hospitalized on December 5th and reported that the cancer came back and spread to herContinue Reading

UPDATE August 5th, 2014: Sadly, Wanda passed away August 2, 2014. she was in need of a second transplant but still did not have a perfect match on the registry. Therefore she had another partial match transplant. She was a beautiful soul who praised God even while she suffered.  Master Sergeant WandaContinue Reading

Huntar is a young energetic and creative 10 year old from New Jersey. She likes yoga, technology, loves to read, and excels at arts and crafts. A special treat for Huntar is a trip to Cold Stone Ice Cream. In October 2013 she was diagnosed with a platelet deficiency knownContinue Reading

Malena Brown was diagnosed in May 2013 with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) nearly two years to the day that her dad (a Dallas Cowboys running back coach) had surgery for colon cancer. Like any 15 year old, Malena loves playing sports, hanging out with her friends and spending time with herContinue Reading

-written by Ashley Johnson, New Pittsburgh Courier Staff Writer A true beacon in every sense of the word, Dr. Rex Crawley’s passion for life and his commitment to the betterment of the community and its people always shone through. Crawley, who had been battling non-hodgkins lymphoma, lost his bout early Nov.Continue Reading

Ulton Listenbee is a two year survivor of ALL Leukemia and a Marrow Recipient. After 4 phases of chemotherapy and days of full body radiation, he is now in remission. He is a man of great faith with a contagious spirit and an ever present smile. His goal is toContinue Reading

UPDATE (April 21, 2014): Sadly Kevin lost his battle to leukemia a few days ago. He will be remembered by those who love him and those he inspired. (from – Kevin has acute leukemia and only a stem cell transplantation can save him. But it’s hard to find aContinue Reading

UPDATE: Jul 20, 2013 I met my recipient September 4, 2014. My bone marrow donation CURED HER OF LEUKEMIA!!! She’s not in remission…she’s completely CURED! I had an opportunity to meet her mother, her aunt and her daughter. They were grateful I chose to donate bone marrow to extend her life.Continue Reading

UPDATE 5/8/15: Angelo passed away April 22, 2015 due to multiple strokes and blood clots in his lungs but not the cancer which he received a transplant for back in 2012. Read his story below Angelo is a 48 year old Conway, South Carolina native that currently resides in HoustonContinue Reading

Archie McNealy (December 11, 1980 – December 10, 2013) Archie passed away on Tuesday morning Dec 10th 2013 due to complications from advanced leukemia. Archie McNealy was born in the Overtown projects in Miami, FL. He lost both of his parents as a young boy and was raised by his grandmother,Continue Reading

SAD NEWS Kevin passed away on June 15, 2014 (Fathers Day) at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. His cancer returned in March and he had been going through treatment in hopes of having another bone marrow transplant. However he started experiencing complications and asked to goContinue Reading

Jaden Hilton (2003-2007) 3yr old Jaden of New Jersey needed a marrow transplant to survive Leukemia. Unfortunately, his brother was not a match for him. Due to the lack of donors within the bone marrow donor pool, Jaden lost his battle to leukemia on January 29, 2007. His father RodneyContinue Reading

Terrell Wilson, 21 from Orlando, FL sadley passed away on Christmas Morning 2009 from Leukemia. This big Orlando Majic fan received calls, visits, and gifts from Orlando Majic current and former players on his birthday while in the hospital in July. Unfortunately, he was not able to receive a lifeContinue Reading

Parish Grimes (1963 ~ 2006) Parish was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2004. She needed a transplant but was told she had no match. Determined to fight, she organized three bone marrow drives and registered at least 250 African Americans.  Sadly a match was never found for her and sheContinue Reading

De’Sha Woods, a teenager from Cottage Hills, Illinois was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  De’Sha enjoyed a brief time in remission after rounds of Chemotherapy and radiation but the cancer returned. The first potential donor was a perfect match. However, when it was time to give the bone marrow, theContinue Reading

Jasmina Anema – A Miracle and a Savior  6yr old Jasmina of New York City was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia on January 20th, 2009. Her doctors immediately determined her only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant but she did not have a match.Continue Reading

Joseph Grimsley. On August 29, 2006, this thirty-five year old father of three was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and marrow disease known as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Doctors told Joseph that without a bone marrow transplant he would not live another year. Family and friends began a ” fightContinue Reading

Karen Drayden from Dallas Texas, was a 25 year veteran of the United States Postal Service. In early 2009 she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After initial chemotherapy and a relapse, it was determined that her best chances of survival would be a bone marrow transplant. With out aContinue Reading

Dexter Randolph Dexter was a 44-year old native Houstonian.  This father of three and grandfather of two, was a diagnosed with Lymphoma. He had been a patient at M. D. Anderson, who was in immediate need of a marrow stem cell transplant.  Dexter did not have a fully compatible siblingContinue Reading

Shannon Taverez In 2009 Eleven yr old Shannon was a budding Broadway star. Four nights a week she played young Nala in The Lion King production. In 2010 she was in a hospital fighting Leukemia. A bone marrow transplant was her best chance of survival but she did not haveContinue Reading

Marvin Swimpson Sr. was an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, arranger, and a middle school band director for 34 years. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009. In February 2010 the disease went into remission, but unfortunately he relapsed that June and was told he needed a Stem Cell TransplantContinue Reading

Jennifer Jones Austin of Brooklyn, NY was diagnosed with leukemia at age 41. This wife and mother of two children, ages 12 and 7, was in immediate need of a bone marrow transplant. Within months Jennifer, her husband,  family & loved ones joined forces with The Icla Da Silva FoundationContinue Reading

Seun Adebiyi just graduated from Yale Law School and is trying to make history as the first Nigerian delegate to compete in the Winter Olympics when he found out he had leukemia. Seun is very driven and through bone marrow drives, media appearances he was able to bring a lotContinue Reading

Warren Davis, a husband and father of two young children was diagnosed with the rarest form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004. Because he had no donor match among siblings or on the registry, he was treated with an autogolous stem cell transplant which is a process that used his ownContinue Reading

“God has blessed me with the possibility to receive the marrow transplant I need to possibly cure my disease and save my life. This is truly a miracle when you take into consideration that so many African American/Black patients who need a transplant do not receive one.” Ashonte was diagnosedContinue Reading