You may have heard about the story of Susie Rabaca, who was desperately searching for a 100% match to donate their bone marrow. The 36-year-old mother gave birth to twins while fighting leukemia and has received a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Susie was diagnosed with Leukemia after visiting doctors with symptoms of sickness.
When we first met Rabaca, she was pregnant with twins. She was also battling an aggressive form of leukemia and faced a difficult dilemma.
Already a mother of three at the time, Rabaca told her story to the entire world and it has had a truly inspiring effect. According to ABC7, a record-breaking number of people have signed up to be potential donors for Rabaca, whose mixed Latino and Caucasian heritage had made finding a match very difficult.
“For me to find one and for it to be 10 out of 10 at that is amazing. Nothing better in the world right now,” Susie said.
Just days after Susie’s story had aired, around 40,000 people registered as potential donors on the Be The Match registry.
Julie Kornike, of Be The Match, said: “Only 3 percent of our registry is mixed ethnicity and so it can be really difficult to find a matching donor. The fact that we have identified a potential match for her is really exciting.”
For someone suffering from leukemia, a bone marrow transplant can be a potential lifesaver. For the process to work, the new marrow must be as close of a match as possible. To put it into perspective of how highly the odds were actually stacked against her, there was no match for her on a worldwide registry which includes 30 million people. So it truly is a miracle.
On Jan. 12, Rabaca received the bone marrow transplant that has the potential to save her life.