You might be the perfect match that can save a life and not even know it, which is why an area family needs your help in the coming days.
Worldview Baptist Church is hosting an event on behalf of the family of Zach Thompson, a 34-year-old Rome man who is battling cancer since 2022, and is going to need a stem cell transplant in the near future.
Thompson and his wife Savannah and their pets were forced to move from Rome to Houston, Texas after Zach was diagnosed with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma and they are living in a camper while he undergoes treatment for the life-threatening disease.
A man more accustomed to the outdoors and fitness, Zach is hoping that a stem cell donor will be found to help give him a second chance at life.
The treatment to eliminate the cancer from his body is one step, but the need for a stem cell transplant is the next to cure the lymphoma and hopefully prevent it from coming back.
Savannah reached out to Polk Today in hopes that those here in Polk County and the surrounding area will step up and take a test during an October 1 event.
“Zach will have to rely on a total stranger to be his stem cell donor and his second chance at life,” Savannah noted. “We are asking for anyone that’s able to come out and participate in a donor drive.”
The only thing participants have to do is take six minutes out of their day by stopping in at Worldview Baptist Church in Cedartown from 12 to 4 p.m. at the beginning of October and give a cheek swab. Participants should be 18 to 55 years old.
However it won’t just help save Zach’s life. There are 17,000 others who are also waiting for a stem cell transplant, and you may be able to help one of those on the list as well via the test and making the consideration to become a stem cell donor.
Check out dkms.org for more information about helping out with donations or by considering your stem cell donation today.