Bone marrow drive seeks match for local boy

Every time the “Pray for Alex” Facebook page is updated on the 8-year-old’s now 3-year struggle with aplastic anemia, it is followed by a Bible verse.

 

It seems fitting, coming from the boy’s family, whose father is the pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Martinez.

The latest update to the page, which described Alex Moore’s recent hospital stay, included a verse from Psalms 130:5, “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”

That hope is sought as the family continues the desperate search to find the perfect match for a bone marrow donor for Alex, who was diagnosed in 2014 with aplastic anemia, the rare condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells. The diagnosis came mere months after his father, affectionately known as Pastor Matt, had been hired to lead the church.

A bone marrow donor match drive is being held Saturday and Sunday at Trinity Baptist , as the family desperately seeks a perfect match for Alex. The drive is similar to one held in 2014, after Alex, then age 5, was diagnosed.

Unfortunately, a perfect match has not been found, and doctors soon took the bone marrow transplant option off the table after Alex’s condition worsened. However, after multiple procedures over the past two years, including blood transfusions and biopsies, Alex’s health seemed to improve.

But it was short-lived. A bone marrow biopsy in early March proved what doctors had feared after Alex had a hard time fighting off two bouts with strep throat – the recurrence of aplastic anemia. Alex and his family were then sent to meet with a bone marrow transplant team at Emory University in Atlanta.

Now, the search for the perfect match is once more underway.

The National Bone Marrow Registry Donor Test Drives will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church’s Family Life Center on Columbia Road.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 may be tested, with the simple completion of paperwork and a cheek swab. Results will be placed on the National Bone Marrow Registry, and while they may not be a match for Alex, they could be a match for others in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Those who wish to be tested, but cannot attend the drive, along with possible donors over the age of 44, can request test kits online at bethematch.org.

 

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