Many of you have asked how you can help our family. One way is to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program at bethematch.org. Jacob is very fortunate to have matches, but many children have to settle for less than perfect matches, increasing their risk for further complications after transplant. The more people who sign up to be donors, the more chances there will be for children to have their perfect match. So please sign up! Be someone's hero!
The next step for us is to wait to hear on proposed dates. The clinicians decide based on the urgency of the case and the availability of the facilities. Once they choose, the date is proposed to the donor who would need to do a physical exam prior to donation, and then go through the actual bone marrow extraction on the day of Jacob's transplant. If the donor agrees upon the proposed dates, then everything is scheduled around Day 0, which is transplant day. If the donor is unavailable on the proposed date then dates will be discussed back and forth until something is agreed upon.
It is a huge relief to hear that things are moving along favorably, but also somewhat nerve-racking that this is all happening again.