Residents aged 18 to 44 are encouraged to go to the Drive for Noah at the Agana Shopping Center from October 14 to 16.
Guam – Four-year-old Noah Cruz needs Guam’s help. Noah was diagnosed with a rare disease a few weeks before his 4th birthday, and will need a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Dr. Thomas Shieh is organizing a bone marrow drive to help his parents, Mike and Brittany Cruz, find a match for their son, who is currently receiving treatment in Colorado.
Dr. Shieh says “Noah was diagnosed with HLH, which is a very specific type of disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, which damages his immune cells. So what they’re doing right now is giving him chemotherapy and treatment to suppress his immune system… If he doesn’t get his bone marrow, he will die.”
Dr. Shieh will be bringing in Dr. Roy Yonashiro, Recruitment Specialist from the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Dr. Yonashiro helped with the 2003 Drive for Justice, and the Guam Medical Association is hoping to have the same success for Noah.
Those from the ages of 18 to 44 are encouraged to come to the Drive for Noah to see if they qualify. Possible donors will sign a consent form and fill out a short medical history questionnaire. Doctors and nurses from the Guam Medical Association will conduct the screening and a cheek swab (no blood will be drawn).
The Drive for Noah will be at the Agana Shopping Center from October 14 to 16.