A Perfect Match!

19 Mar

“Jenna, we got the final results back of donor #1’s blood work and it’s a perfect match. Ten out of ten!” On the backroads on my way home when nurse practitioner Julia called, I swerved into the nearest driveway to soak up the news.

“This is really good news,” she continued, as if she had to tell me. I knew I was a compatible girl, but obviously I’m not playing hard to get.

“Blood work results for donor #2 are pending and the other two donors are getting blood work early next week. I think you’re going to have more than one perfect match (knock on wood) and we’ll be able to be selective of who’s the healthiest.” I just sat in that driveway for a while, thankful for how quickly this is moving and for how lucky I’ve been in finding a genetic suitor.

But this isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for people like me. According to Be The Match, 93 percent of white patients find a match.  But things aren’t so easy for people with diverse backgrounds. Hispanic patients have a 72 percent chance of finding a match while Asians find a donor 73 percent of the time. For African Americans, that number drops to only 66 percent. Can you imagine that waiting game? So, if you’re of a diverse background, please especially consider joining the Be The Match Registry. Or, consider donating to Be The Match so they can do even more to recruit people of diverse backgrounds to the Registry.


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25 Responses to “A Perfect Match!”

  1. ERIKA HANSON BROWN March 19, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    YAY!!! DOUBLE YAY!!!

    Such great news, Jenna, to get on the dawning of a beautiful spring weekend!!!

    You delight me with your energy and red-headed ZEST. I’m so thrilled that you are sharing your journey with me (and us!)

    Much love and laughter,

  2. Nicole March 19, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Great news, Jenna!

  3. Lori Thom March 19, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    CONGATULATIONS!!!! Wonderful news!!!

  4. mindy arneson March 19, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Congratulations!!! So glad to hear this amazing news. Thanks for keeping everyone updated on your fantastic website. You are an inspiration!!!


    • JFart March 19, 2011 at 11:09 am #


      I couldn’t be happier for you, Jen!

  5. Clare March 19, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    You absolutely made my day!!! Awesome news!!

  6. Angie March 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Fantastic news, Jenna!

  7. Sharon March 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Yay!!! So happy for you! That’s wonderful news! Fantastic!

  8. Greg Kaiser March 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Yay! Awesome news!

  9. Pat Hess March 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    What awesome news!! All of the individuals at Scantron (Pearson NCS) (where Aunt Sue works) are all pulling for you. You have such a positive attitude and we were all with you previously saying prayers and will continue to do so again.

  10. Sophie Kells March 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Wooooooooo Hooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Great News Jenna! I am ecstatic for you! p.s you are an awesome writer! who knew you could make all this news so uplifting and understandable for everyone! Miss you

  11. Tim G March 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    That is awesome news Jenna! Keep fighting the good fight and always remember, WWDSD. What would Dred Scott Do?

  12. Robin C Guadagnini March 21, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Ok..can I just say..that when I let out a WHOOO HOOOO Hallelujah in the middle of Starbucks….most of the store here now knows your plight and shared in the joy!!! I am soooo excited that you have a match this quickly and I am about cry tears of joy!

    Keeping great thoughts your way….and enjoy the first full day of Spring!!!

  13. citizensmn March 21, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    So excited to see this post…great news Jenna!

    Coach Missy

  14. Kirsten Lesak-Greenberg March 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    SUCH GOOD NEWS!!!! So glad to hear this!


  15. Vicki March 22, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    This is the best news! Thank God for answered prayers.

  16. Lucia March 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Hooray for the wonderful news!!

  17. Heather Cable March 23, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Hip Hip HOORAY! Cue happy dance. This is superb news. So so happy to hear it.

  18. Sarah March 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I’m so happy for you, Jenna. I am filled with tears! Yay! YAY!!!!

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