20 year old Army Specialist Gustavo Moreno lost his battle with cancer yesterday in San Antonio after being diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in January of 2014. Since being diagnosed, Moreno has been undergoing intensive rounds of chemotherapy and actively searching for a bone marrow donor match. If a bone marrow donor match had been found, a transplant could have been conducted which would have increased his chances of beating the aggressive form of cancer.
More than 70% of people are unable to find an appropriate match within their family and require an unrelated donor
A bone marrow donor drive scheduled for July 30 at Alamo Toyota in San Antonio, Texas will continue on in memory of Moreno. This drive was part of a large push to help find a match for Moreno in the hopes that a donor could be located. The drive is being called #MarrowForMoreno and additional information can be found at the following link on BeTheMatch.org https://join.bethematch.org/marrowformoreno.
Specialist Moreno leaves behind his wife and their 2o month old daughter.
The Department of Defense has a bone marrow donor program which is listed below the video. If you have not volunteered to be a donor or want to learn more about how you can volunteer or start a donor drive, be sure to read the information. You could be one of the unrelated donor matches that someone needs to help them win their fight with cancer.
The Department of Defense has a program which allows volunteers to submit a DNA sample with a cheek swab and be added to a list of prospective donors. These donors can be called upon as a match to help save the lives of the more than 12,000 people each year that are diagnosed with diseases that require an infusion of stem cells. The C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, or more commonly called the DoD Marrow Donor Program or Salute to Life, helps the more than 70% of people that are unable to find an appropriate match within their family and require an unrelated donor. While volunteering to participate in this program, there is no guarantee that you will be a match and may never get contacted, but if you are found to be a match, you could help to save someone’s life.
The C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program has several walk-in locations where you can volunteer to have your DNA sample taken and be added to the donor list. The locations are listed here. You can also have a kit sent to you and once you have swabbed your cheek, you just send it back. If you are interested in holding a recruiting campaign, check this information.