All Kings fans in the Sacramento area and some abroad will know the name Jason Ross. He's a producer and sometimes host on KHTK 1140 and has been a part of the Kings' radio broadcasts as long as I can remember. He's an exceptionally nice guy and deeply cares about the team, region and fans.
His son, Jackson, was diagnosed with leukemia at birth.
Now 8, Jackson had undergone repeated blood transfusions to stay alive. But he needed a marrow transplant. That was the thing that would save Jackson. A year ago, Jackson got that transplant from a stranger who happened to be a match.
How did they find a match for Jackson's marrow? Through the National Marrow Registry.
Jackson, Jason and their family got to meet the donor, Charles Nelson, this weekend. News10 did a piece on it. It's a fantastic result that millions of others desperately need as well. The registry saved Jackson. It can save many others.
You can help. You can be the next Charles Nelson. The National Marrow Registry couldn't possibly make it easier to have a chance to save a life. From its website, you can order a free registration kit. The registry sends you a swab, some info and an envelope. You swab your cheek and send it in. I did it a few years ago, and it's dead simple. Like, it won't even take up the time that your Pop-Tart is in the toaster. It's really, really easy, and free. (You can also donate money so that the registry can do more outreach to potential donors -- it's a great cause, and one of the few situations were awareness truly makes a huge impact.)
If you're a match for someone needing a marrow transplant, the next Jackson, the registry contacts you and it goes from there.
Please register. You never know: you could help save a life.