WASHINGTON, MO, (KTVI) – The family of Jeff and Dana Faust are holding a series of bone marrow registry drives in the hopes of finding a match for their 4-year old son, Carter. Carter is battling a relapse with leukemia since June of this year. The 4-year old contracted an infection that resulted in the loss of his left eye recently. Carter has spent his time at St. Louis Children's hospital ever since, hoping to find the bone marrow match that can help him back into remission. Carter's aunt, Lori Holtmeier, expressed the simplicity, yet extreme importance of bone marrow registry drives to suffering children out there.
"Fifteen minutes and a cheek swab and you could save someone's life" Lori said. "It's just amazing, and I can't tell you how critical it is that we not only find a match for Carter, but for the other people who need bone marrow."
A surprise guest at the bone marrow registry drive on Thursday afternoon at the Washington Fire Department was fellow 4-year old Calvin Brune. Calvin was born with Hurler's Syndrome and needed a bone marrow transplant when he was just 9 months old. Thanks to a random bone marrow match from halfway across the globe, Calvin was saved.
"From Germany. Yes." Calvin's mom Becky Brune recalled, "We're just truly blessed. We thank God for her every day. Even though we don't talk to her every day, we thank God for her every day."
Calvin is able to run around like an active little boy, while Becky gives all the credit to the people who care enough to test their type and donate bone marrow to save a life, like their hero from Germany.
For information on more upcoming Bone Marrow Registry Drives in the St. Louis area, click on the link below.
And don't forget the upcoming "Light the Night" walk on September 28th that raises funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Click here to get more information on being a donor.