Friday, October 17, 2008

Bone Marrow Donor


Tim just happens to be a bone marrow match to a 48 year old male with lymphoblastic lymphoma. It's incredibly rare to be a match to someone who is not a relative, so it's pretty neat that Tim matches up so well. Three years ago Tim signed up to be a donor and about a month ago they called up my sister in Boise looking for Tim. I don't know how they got her information. She isn't even related to him, her last name is Perez, she only moved to Boise about two years ago, and Tim never gave out any information about her. So they were very determined to track him down! Anyway, they don't have to go through the pelvic bone anymore. It's still an option, but now they have what's called Peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC). After flying him down to L.A. for a physical, he will come back here and receive five injections of filgrastim. This will move stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. The side effects could be having a headache for seven days or just feeling like you have the flu, but still better than the alternative of having your hip ripped open! After the injections he will be flown to L.A. again for two days of four hour sessions of having his blood drained. For those of you who know Tim, he hates having blood drawn. So for him to commit to eight hours of it is going to be rough, but I'm really proud of him for doing this. I don't know of anybody who would say no to it, but still he's the one who's got to do it. Good Luck Timmy!!!

5 comments:

Cassie Bumcrot said...

So I left a note on your previous post - but in case you didn't see that one, I know Tim from college. I'm always nervous leaving notes on people's pages who might not remember who I am.

Anyway that is really cool your doing this. I actually did the exact same thing four years ago; except they injected me with neupogen. It's actually kinda intense at moements. If you want any info on it just let me know. cass_ann@hotmail.com

The Dell Family said...

What a great service you are doing Tim. I can't help but think about the other person who is benefiting from this and how grateful they are for you. Hang in there and I hope all goes well and you will have a quick comeback and not feel too sick. Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck!! I hope things go well for him. i can't imagine having a headache for seven days, but It's for a good cause.

Jen said...

Tim's such a stud. How does this affect your plans to come to Idaho/Utah? Tell him he's awesome for us.

The Giffs said...

How selfless! I know it's a sacrifice for some people just to give blood. That is so awesome that he's doing this.