Bone Marrow Drive

Be the Match Marrow Screening Drive

Hosted by Riverside county Sheriff Department

Tuesday December 11, 2012 from 10am – 2pm

Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center,

16791 Davis Ave, Riverside CA 92518

Patients need registery members ages 18-44

1) Be willing to donate to any patient in need.

2) Meet the health guidelines

3) Agree to keep contact information current so the Be the Match can reach you quickly if you are a match

4) If you are age 45-60, you may join the registry online with a $100 tax-deductible contribution.

There are some heath guidelines that could prevent you from joining the registry.  Please see the guidelines on

November 27, 2012 Doctor’s Appt. update from yesterday

Yesterday, Sal went to the doctor to discuss what the next step will be.  He has one more round of consolidation chemo.  Sal’s doctor explained to us that most clinics do between 2-4 rounds of consolidation chemo.  Sal doesn’t have to do th…

e last round but it can possibly increase his chances of staying in remission longer but they don’t know.  There is no known cure for leukemia.  They can only guess what might work on a patient.  A patient can react perfectly to everything and be in remission for years or a patient can fall out of remission within a few months of the last consolidation treatment….no one knows. Dealing with cancer is a very frustrating and emotional battle.  Sal is scheduled to go back to the hospital on December 4th and will remain in the hospital until Christmas Day.  The doctor said depending on his numbers he may be able to get out sooner, but we won’t know until that time comes.  With each round of chemo his body can react differently.  The last two rounds have been very good and he hasn’t had any reaction and we are hoping the last round will have the same effect.  Once he is done with his consolidation chemo treatments, it will be a wait and see game.  If the leukemia returns before he receives a transplant, he will be able to have salvage rounds of chemo but this will only prolong his life for a little while.  This is why it is so important to find a donor as soon as possible.  If he goes out of remission before finding a donor he will not be able to receive a transplant.  So please if you can’t sign up to be a potential donor then consider donating to the fundraiser or if you can sign up to be a donor please consider it.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 to pay for 50 tests.  So please help us reach our goal.

Be the Match Fundraiser – Support Sal

We want to say thank you so much to all of our supporters.  Sal is home and relaxing as much as he can with three kids and our active lives.

I know many people see Sal and say, “oh you look good”.  Sal looks good but he is still fighting and we need help.  Please help us spread the word about the Be the Match program.  When Sal was first diagnosed with cancer he would tell me that he was afraid that people would forget about him after a while.  Over the past six month we have struggled to keep everyone in the loop on how he is doing and what they can do to help.

I want to show Sal how much everyone loves and cares for him by trying to raise at least $5,000 for the Be the Match program.  Please help me in this mission so that Sal can see that there are people out there that want to help!  The money that is raised will go to help pay for the swab kits and testing that are mailed out each day.

When you make a donation, please make sure you go to our link that Be the Match/City of Hope has setup for us so that we can track how much money has been raised.

Thank you for your support!

CBS2 News Report

Please share the news report on Sal that was aired tonight on CBS2.  We wanted to make sure people are aware of the need of a bone marrow donor.  If you would like to sing up as a bone marrow donor, please go to

Here is the link for the TV interview

November 13, 2012

Sal came home yesterday!  He is doing pretty good.  We still have one more round on consolidation chemo that he will probably start around the first or second week of December.  We are still looking for a bone marrow donor and we are hoping with the news coverage that Sal has received over the past few days that it will help.

Please make sure you watch the 6pm news on CBS2.  Greg Mills came to our home today and did an interview with Sal and I.  We are very greatful that CBS is doing the story and hope this helps!

November 7, 2012

Sal is still waiting for his numbers to go up.  He has had three platelet transfusions so far and his numbers are still low.  He has to be very careful that he doesn’t have any bleeding because his platelets are so low.  His white blood count is still at 0.4, platelets are at 17 so he may have to have another transfusion tomorrow.  We will keep everyone updated as things come up.  Thank you for your support :)

Bone Marrow Donor Needed

Sal only has one more round of chemo after he gets out from this round, so if you haven’t already signed up for PLEASE do it as soon as possible.  The sooner we find a match while Sal is in remission the better we will be.  If he goes out of remission or the leukemia blasts show up in his blood they will no longer be able to help him.  Without a match this could very easily happen.  This is why finding a match is so important!  One of his doctors said that it could be ten years before it comes back or it could be 3 months after his last chemo.  They don’t know how long, but they do know that it usually does come back and that is why it is so important to find a match.

November 5, 2012

Sorry I haven’t had a chance to update the blog or facebook.  As of today Sal is still neutropenic and his counts are at the very bottom and we are now waiting for them to go back up.  Sal had several people come by this weekend which was great.  He was able to visit with some of our friends and some of the guys from 163rd Security Forces.  He had a platelet transfusion on Saturday and Sunday.  Hi…

s platelets were 8 on Saturday and they were still 8 on Sunday after the first transfusion so they had to do another one.  His numbers today are White Blood Count 0.4, Hemoglobin 9 and platelets 24.  So he may have to have a blood transfusion tomorrow if his hemoglobin drops below 8, but they are hoping his body will regenerate blood on its own. Thank you for everyone’s support!