DoD Bone Marrow Donor Program

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Jcleppe, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    5,537
    Likes Received:
    837
    I just wanted to share an experience my older son is having right now.

    For all the MS4's here you all know of this program from LDAC, for you MS3's you will find out about it this summer when you attend LDAC.

    During LDAC this past summer the cadets were told of the program and asked to volunteer as potential donors. They took swabs of the cadets and added them to the DoD Bone Marrow Registry. Of course they were all told it would be a 1 in 900,000 chance they would ever be a match to a person outside their family.

    Well.......

    Last month my son received the call, actually they called home looking for him. He was told he was a possible match for someone. A week later he drove to a hospital that could take the required blood samples for further testing. He was told if he was a match, which they now said was a 1 out of 10 chance, he would receive a phone call, if he wasn't a match he would receive a letter.

    Well, the phone rang at 6:00am at our house with the person on the other end urgently looking to contact our son, not really sure why they keep calling us and not him directly, he must have put our number on the form. They did finally reach him this morning and he is a match.

    Normally they take a couple months to prep everything, they have the cadet fly back to DC for a physical, a week or so later they fly them back to DC to donate the bone marrow. That is not how things went this time. The patient in need of the transplant is in very urgent need. My son will be flying to La Jolla CA in a week and do the physical and is scheduled for the Bone Marrow donation Dec. 7th through the 13th. The DoD pays all expenses for him and a companion.

    For those who signed up for this program, there will always be a chance you may be selected.

    I am very proud of my son, he never considered not doing it, when he got the phone call he said yes with no hesitation.

    The military is a strong brotherhood, I include women in the broad statement. Even though these cadets are not yet commissioned or in the official military, they do not hesitate to come to the aid of their fellow soldiers. They are truly the best of the best.
     
  2. philmont

    philmont Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    Messages:
    223
    Likes Received:
    4
    Your son is a hero Jcleppe.
     
  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    5,537
    Likes Received:
    837
    We think so, but of course we're a little bias.
     
  4. Azmomm

    Azmomm Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    9
    I am so incredibly moved by what you wrote. That is truly a wonderful thing your son and your family are doing.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    7,539
    Likes Received:
    1,002
    Inspiring!
     
  6. enived2

    enived2 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    0
    Such an amazing story. You must be incredibly proud. Thanks for sharing your experience. These kids never cease to amaze me.
     
  7. Ohio2015Parent

    Ohio2015Parent Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,122
    Likes Received:
    58
    Knew you and yours were "good people" and your DS's willingness to donate is amazing. Hope everything goes well and the patient your son is helping has a quick and full recovery:thumb:
     
  8. Packer

    Packer Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1,877
    Likes Received:
    5
  9. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    12,797
    Likes Received:
    931
    Bless him and your family.

    My Dad died from AML (Luekemia) when he was 57 due to bone marrow issues.

    To do this is truly heroic IMPHO.:thumb:

    Thanksgiving has a new meaning to all of us.
     
  10. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    5,537
    Likes Received:
    837
    My son was told this afternoon the the recipient is a 45 year old male with AML.

    They will keep him informed of the recipients progress after the procedure. If both agree there may be a chance they can meet, my son would like that.

    If you all don't mind I'll post how things go as events move forward.

    I'm sure my son will appreciate all your kind words, thank you. He said he doesn't see it as Heroic at all....just doing his duty and what's right. They sure train them well don't they.
     
  11. paradoxer

    paradoxer Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Messages:
    503
    Likes Received:
    5
    One in a million

    You always knew he was 1/1000000 and now it is mathematically confirmed. Just before finals I'm guessing; they should just wave the exams and give him a 4.0 in all his classes.
     
  12. MissIndependence

    MissIndependence Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2011
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jcleppe,
    You should be very proud of your son. Just to donate is impressive and then to see that he will be donating when most college students will be taking finals is very unselfish. Putting others in front of his needs says a lot on how you raised him. If you go to La Jolla as his companion it is a great place. My first two children were born in La Jolla; excellent hospitals and a great place to recuperate!
     
  13. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    5,537
    Likes Received:
    837
    Your right, the timing turns out to be 3 days during Dead Week and 2 days during Finals. I have a feeling his professors will understand and make any arrangements.

    Looks like he will be going down for an overnight to have a complete physical during Thanksgiving break, he'll need to find a good place to eat that serves Turkey. Reading the info the physical makes his Flight Physical look like a quickie at the local clinic.
     
  14. Aglahad

    Aglahad Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,234
    Likes Received:
    5
    Tell him thanks, getting a chance to save lives is why I joined the army and I always appreciate guys/gals stepping up to change someone's life for the better.
     
  15. breadcrumbs

    breadcrumbs Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great job raising a selfless young man! I hope his donation goes smoothly with little discomfort. May God Bless him during the process. He's giving someone a 2nd chance at life. I've been on the Be the Match Marrow Registry for almost 15 yrs. I've been called 3x's to come in for further tissue matching.......not quite close enough. It's a wonderful service for those in need.
     
  16. bdaMom

    bdaMom Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    0
    We'll be praying for your son and the recipient. Awesome story!
     
  17. Ohio2015Parent

    Ohio2015Parent Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,122
    Likes Received:
    58
    Please do post for us how everything goes. As Pima mentioned, a whole new meaning for Thanksgiving for all involved and probably a Christmas miracle for his recipients family too. It would take a really hard-hearted professor to not work with him about the exam schedule. Oh, and Cracker Barrel, if they are in that area, serves a really good traditional turkey dinner(worked many Thanksgiving serving them:thumb:).
     
  18. Packer

    Packer Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1,877
    Likes Received:
    5
    I think his parents had a hand in "training" this selfless young man.
     
  19. i1c5x1

    i1c5x1 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Funny...My supervisor just got the call 9 years after he was swabbed. He'd all in for it.
     
  20. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    5,537
    Likes Received:
    837
    UPDATE:

    Son flew out yesterday for sunny, well actually it was a bit cold, windy, and rainy, La Jolla CA. He has is complete Pre-donation Physical today and will fly back this evening. The physical is pretty complete, much more then any Dodmerb or even Flight physical, he said at least he will know that he is great shape if everything comes back OK.

    Now he waits until Dec. 7th when he will fly back to La Jolla for the donation. That will be an interesting week. We will update during that week.
     

Share This Page