Finding the perfect bone marrow donor match was a difficult task for Susie Rabaca, yet she prevailed.

As ABC 7 reports, the mother of three, who is expecting to give birth to twins by Dec. 6, has now found a donor after making a plea to the public via ABC 7 on November 22.

The story reportedly went viral and Rabaca had almost 40,000 people signed up and registered with Be the Match registry to see if they were a potential match.

The 36-year-old was in need of the bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), myeloid leukemia affects the bone marrow:

Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. In myeloma, the cells grow too much, forming a mass or tumor that is located in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found in the center of the bone, where red cells, white blood cells, and platelets are made. Multiple myeloma is the most common form of myeloma.

Due to her diagnosis, finding a match was extremely important for Rabaca because it could potentially be life-saving.

However, her Latino and Caucasian heritage made finding a perfect match difficult and in order for it to work the donor has to be a very close match.

Even her with sister being a 50 percent match, it was not close enough for a transplant for the aggressive cancer.

Rabaca’s search has even shed more light on how important diversity is in donors because of some recipients being of mixed races.

ABC 7 reported that the new donations were more diverse than the average ones.


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2 Replies to “Woman Battles Leukemia While Pregnant With Twins Finds Perfect Bone Marrow Donor After Viral Search”

  • Carol 2 years ago

    I don’t know what hospital she went to that couldn’t do a 50% match, but my husband had ONLY 4 people that matched him in the whole world that had been tested. That was his brother, sister, our daughter and our son and they were ALL ONLY 50% match. The doctor at The Cleveland Clinic used our son’s stem cells for his bone marrow transplant. That was over 4 years ago now and he’s healthy and no issues. My husband had MDS that then went into AML, so had to have the transplant. Yes, it’s much better and easier to use a 100% match, but it can be done. You have to do your research for the best hospitals. Best of luck to anyone that has to go thru this.

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