Carlyle is a die-hard Bulls fan, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, a hardworking hotel manager at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, loving husband and doting father. He was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and needs a marrow transplant to beat it. “The biggest difficulty isn’t the pain or the time away from my family and work, but rather the daunting task of finding a 100-percent donor match. As an African American, my chances of finding one decreases significantly.”
This young girl from New Jersey is renowned for her energy and creativity. She likes yoga, computers, reading and doing arts and crafts projects. But her battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (also known as pre-leukemia) involves constant transfusions that limit her ability to pursue her passions. She needs a marrow transplant and a donor who can make it happen. “Make my dream come true.”
Five year-old Zahara loves to sing, dance, dress up and let loose at Chuck E. Cheese. She has plans to become a doctor someday, but first she has to beat the sickle cell that is threatening her future. She needs a marrow transplant and a matching donor to help her realize her dreams. “Mommy, am I gonna die from sickle cell if I don’t get my bone marrow transplant?” “No, honey, you will NOT die from sickle cell and we WILL get your match.” —Zahara talking to her mom, Kesha
Dianne "Lady Dee"
Last summer, Lady Dee was exercising 7 days a week, running her day spa and amazing everyone with her endless energy. Today, Lady Dee is fighting for her life against aplastic anemia. She needs a marrow transplant, but with few people of Nigerian heritage on the registry, finding a match is a huge challenge. “It is so important to me to raise global awareness of this terrifying illness. I am now depending on every man, woman or child. My only hope is to find my 100% match.”