Get Swabbed! Save a Life!

There is nothing like a mother’s plea to save her child’s life.  I saw a short news story on NY1 News that tore at my heart and I just had to write about it.  Little 5-year-old Luis Danvers needs our help. He has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.  Luis’ mother Sharon Turnage held a blood drive on Saturday Dec. 4th in Queens, NY.  Although the blood drive has passed, those who wish to still show their support can visit Luis’ Facebook page (Luis Danvers Leukemia Fund) to make a financial donation.  You can also visit Luis’ website at to find out how you can perhaps still take the swab test.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts.  Malignant, immature white blood cells continuously mulltiply and are overproduced in the bone marrow.  ALL causes damage and death by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow, and by spreading (infiltrating) to other organs.  ALL is most common in childhood with a peak incidence at 2-5 years of age, and another peak in old age.  The overall cure rate in children is about 80%, and about 45-60% of adults have long-term disease-free survival.

The Black community has a tough time attracting bone marrow donors because fewer of us sign up to be donors as opposed to Caucasians.  Another barrier would be the fact that Black genes tend to be more racially mixed making finding an exact match more difficult.  There are only about 8 percent of Black donors who are registered with the National Marrow Donor Program.
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  • Sharon Turnage
    December 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    This is Luis mom and I just wanted to say thank you so much for doing this blog about my son. This disease has been devastating to me and my family. It helps when people like yourself spread the word about becoming bone marrow donors. We can truly make a difference by saving a life. If the people out there want to help go to Luis Danvers Leukemia Fund on Facebook for more info. God Bless

  • Bronze Magazine
    December 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Hello Sharon, it is an honor to have you respond and you are most welcome. I truly feel that if I can make the slightest difference for anyone, then I am fulfilling God's purpose for me. I want you to know that you and Luis as well as your family are in my prayers. Please give Luis my warmest regards.

    Most Sincerely,
    Shawn Chavis(founder of Bronze Magazine)


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