Minneapolis leukemia survivor rallies congress, inspires continued support for organization that helped save her life
Minneapolis resident Betsy Lucas was told that she only had three months to live after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. But thanks to a bone marrow transplant from a stranger in Germany, she received a second chance at life.
Last week, Lucas shared her story Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and other lawmakers in Washington D.C. hoping to inspire the continued support of Be The Match – the organization that helped save her life.
Every year, 10,000 patients in this country need a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from someone outside of their family, yet only half receive one. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a matched donor. Federal support and funding is critical for Be The Match to continue adding people to the registry and helping patients with uninsured treatment costs and expenses – giving more patients hope for a transplant.
Lucas also helped people join the national Be The Match registry at a donor registry drive on Capitol Hill as part of African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month.
To join the Be The Match Registry as a committed potential donor, visit www.BeTheMatch.org.