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Bone Marrow Testimony

Posted on 18th July 2013 at 15:46

Kim Christensen, 20, of Longview is a featured star in Washington, D. C. today, as she meets with Congressional representatives to advocate for “Be the Match,” a non-profit bone marrow registry. While in high school, Christensen started having problems with severe leg pains and fatigue, and was eventually diagnosed with leukemia. In October of 2009, she received a bone marrow transplant that saved her life, from a donor that came through the “Be the Match” registry. Both Christensen and her donor will be in our nation’s Capitol today, advocating for continued federal support and funding for the program. Under the federal sequester, “Be the Match” stands to lose about three million dollars in funding. Last year, Washington state ranked number ten in the country in the number of patients searching for a match, and was number 9 in the number of transplants facilitated by “Be the Match.” Since 1996, more then 2,300 bone marrow transplants in Washington have been facilitated by “Be the Match.”