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Drive Thru Event Seeks Potential Bone Marrow, Blood Stem Cell Donors

Drive Thru Event Seeks Potential Bone Marrow, Blood Stem Cell Donors

A 10-year-old boy from Havelock is looking to the Goldsboro community for life-saving assistance.

Thor Forte and his family will be on hand for a drive thru swabbing event in the Sears parking lot at the Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro this Friday, December 4 from 10 AM – 2 PM.

As he battles sickle cell disease, Thor is hoping someone will be a matching bone marrow donor through the Be The Match Registry.

Be the Match Registry spokesperson Erica Sevilla says the more people that join the registry, the better the chance for helping Thor or thousands of others.

Thor is one of 10,000 patients each year who are battling blood cancer like leukemia, or life-threatening blood diseases like sickle cell disease, who are in search of an unrelated blood stem cell donor.

Patients only have a 30% chance of finding a match in their family – and unfortunately for Thor he doesn’t have any matches in his family.

Thor’s current treatment includes frequent blood transfusions and he is at high risk of a stroke and suffers from frequent pain crisis.

Thor and his mom were already at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Tuesday where they spoke with 30 squadron leaders asking for support in Thor’s search for a matching donor.

Those that can’t make it to today’s event can still join the registry by texting “curethor” (all one word) to the number 61474.

You can find more information online at bethematch.org.

Thor Forte and his mom from their event at Seymour Johnson when they spoke with 30 squadron leaders asking for support in Thor’s search for a matching donor.
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