Susie Rabaca had a lot going on in her life earlier this year. She found out she was adding two more bundles of joy to her family, and then in September she found out that she also had a very aggressive form of cancer.
Pregnancy and leukemia. What was she going to do? In order to seek treatment for her acute myeloid leukemia, she needed a bone marrow transplant.
And for that, she needed a donor. But she couldn’t just find a match from the registry, because her type was rare. There were no listed donors who could help her.
“So a couple months ago I found out I had leukemia,” she told KTTV. “So I’m looking for a match, a bone marrow transplant match.”
“There’s 30 million people registered on BeTheMatch.org and none of them are my match, so what I need people to do is join and they send you a kit, a little swab for your mouth, send it back, and if you’re my match it’s as simple as a blood draw, and that can possibly save my life.
“Finding my match is everything to me, so I can be here for the three children I have, and the two that I have on the way, it’s everything. It’s so easy, there’s no painful procedure, there’s no surgery it’s just swab your mouth and it’s as simple as a blood draw, and you can save somebody’s life, if not mine, somebody else’s.”
Her spirits were high on Thanksgiving when she posted what she was thankful for on her Facebook page.
“#1 I’m THANKFUL TO THE LORD! Today I am so beyond thankful to wake up this morning and be with my family!” she wrote.
“I’m thankful for all the love and support from all my friends and family for all the prayers every single person who is sharing my story and sending for there Be The Match kits! From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!!”
Not even her family members could help since they were not a match with her, but after her story went viral, over 40,000 people registered to see if they could be her lifesaver. Out of all those people, one was a match.
On Nov. 29, she posted again. “With tears running down my face and my heart full of hope I want to say THANK YOU LORD! And thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person that has said even 1 prayer for me and my family!
“Thank you to my family, friends, people around the country that I don’t even know that have shown support and especially that have signed up for BE THE MATCH!!!!! Journey isn’t over but a huge step forward!!! Thankful for you all lots of love! Keep Praying thank you!!!!”
Rabaca plans to have the procedure done after her twins are born in the next week or so. Thanks to one person, Rabaca and her family have a shot at a healthy, happy future together.
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