Bone Marrow Donors Needed
Friends of Cave Spring teacher searching for a match and a cure
Posted on 11/01/2016
Amanda Ashworth and family
A teacher's life is dedicated to giving and sharing to improve the lives of the community's children entrusted to the teacher in the classroom.  Friends of Amanda Ashworth, a first-grade teacher at Cave Spring Elementary, are seeking to "flip the script" and allow the community to give back to a young teacher seeking a cure for a life-threatening blood disease.

A Be The Match for Amanda marrow donor registry drive has been scheduled for Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Well at West Rome Baptist Church on Shorter Avenue.  Amanda's friends are holding the drive to seek a donor match for bone marrow.  A bone marrow transplant is the best hope for a cure for Amanda.  Potential donors between the ages of 18 to 44 are asked to register at the drive because this age group provides the greatest chance for transplant success.

Ashworth , a wife and mother to two young children of her own, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), in July of this year.  MDS is a blood disease that could turn into leukemia.  Amanda's best hope for a cure is a marrow transplant and she is currently searching for a matching marrow donor.

MDS is a group of conditions that occur when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged.  This damage leads to low numbers of one or more types of blood cells.

The process to join Be the Match and possibly help Amanda or another person like her is a simple cheek swab and a few minutes to complete some paperwork.  Just a few short minutes of your time could save a life.  The simple cheek swab is tested for a minimum of six basic HLA markers to search for a match with someone seeking a life-saving cure.    

If you can't attend the drive, you can contact Be The Match and join the Be The Match Registry online at http://join.marrow.org/GA