St. Paul, MN
The St. Paul Pioneer Press shared the touching story of Caleb Nord, who is a White Bear Lake, Minn., resident who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FHLH) when he was 19-months-old. A bone marrow transplant was Caleb’s best hope for a cure. Be The Match’s Betsy Ward explained that Caleb – like 70 percent of blood cancer patients – search the Be The Match Registry for a matching donor.
On the two-year anniversary of his life-saving bone marrow transplant, Caleb’s family finally met his donor – 24-year-old Missy Slauter – at a public celebration that his family called a “rebirthday party.” The front-page article encouraged people to join the registry and attend the celebration.