Ava has sickle cell anemia. At five months old, she had her first pain crisis. Since then, she’s been hospitalized over seventy times, and has had her spleen, tonsils, adenoids, and gallbladder removed. These are all complications of the disease.
Nothing stops Ava from smiling. According to her mother, the fact that she always smiles through the pain has brought nurses to tears. Ava says she would like to be a nurse herself when she grows up.
It’s up to us to help Ava grow up. She’s one strong little girl—but she deserves a better life. You could give that to her as a blood stem cell donor.
We’ll ask you a series of questions about your medical history to see if you meet basic qualifications.
We’ll need to get a sample of your DNA. Your kit should arrive in about 3-7 business days.
It’s easy – just swab your cheek and mail the DNA sample back to us to complete your registration.
Because of the genetic complexity of matching donors to patients, it could be weeks, months or years before you’re contacted to donate.
Be ready if you’re contacted as a match. If called, you’re a patient’s best genetic match from the entire registry and perhaps their only hope for a cure.