Get Swabbed – Save Zach

zachCan you imagine watching your 3 year old son donate bone marrow to save his 6 year old brother and then find out that the cancer has returned? That is what the Guillot family of Dallas is experiencing. They have been through this once before and are now searching for an unrelated bone marrow donor to save their son Zach, the 2010 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade Grand Marshal.

In February of 2010, Julie Guillot's mother's Intuition told her that the bruising on Zach's shins and the intense headache were more than just a vitamin deficiency. After a blood test, the doctor confirmed her worst fear, Zach had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Intense chemo therapy and a bone marrow transplant were Zach's best defense to survive this horrid disease.

On June 3rd, 2010, Zach received a bone marrow transplant from his 3 year old brother and all hoped that he would be cured. On November 19, 2011 the Guillots received the devastating news that Zach had relapsed and the cancer was back. Now, an unrelated bone marrow donor is Zach's best hope for survival. Zach's family needs a stranger to give their son a second chance at life.

After a horrible initial shock, we are now game on! It was so great to see Zach as the 2010 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade Grand Marshal and I want to see him grow up, win an Oscar and maybe one day lead the fight against childhood cancer. I ask that you all register because a match can be found not only for Zach but for countless other patients.  says Zach's mother, Julie Guillot.

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She Is Dallas Info:   Zach's friends and family are organizing a Bone Marrow Donor Drive through DKMS to find a life saving match for Zach and others fighting blood cancer. The DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. More than 28,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.  You can register as a bone marrow donor this Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 12:00 pm “ 6:00 pm at Parish Episcopal School “ Midway Campus, 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX.   Other ways you can help is to share this post on Facebook and Twitter to help get the word out to everyone in the area.   You can also follow Zach Attacks Leukemia on Facebook or read more at Zach’s Caring Bridge page.   DMKS Facebook page also has more information.

Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry ® (operated by the NMDP) and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. Registering one potential bone marrow donor costs DKMS $65. Because DKMS does not require new donors to pay the registration fee and does
not receive government funding, DKMS must rely on donations from the general public to fund donor registrations. 100% of financial contributions are used to register new potential donors. Every dollar counts!

 

One Comment

  1. mary gail archer-mitchell says:

    my thank you for sharing this story about zach ..he is my great nephew ! i really appreciate this for my neice julie and her family

    mary gail archer-mitchell

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