About 40 people signed up Friday morning for testing to find a matching bone-marrow donor for a Miami resident recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia.
The drive to find donors for Philippe Deve, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, was organized by the National Marrow Donor Program, a Minnesota-based group that manages “Be The Match,” the world’s most extensive marrow registry seeking to match donors with blood cancer patients needing transplants. The registry contains about 10.5 million potential donors.
Deve was not present at Friday’s donor drive at the Miami Police Training Center, but Roosevelt Ramos, a recruiter for Be The Match, said potential donors were asked to submit cheek swabs that would be tested to find the right match for Deve.
Ramos said the chances of finding the right match for Deve are 1 in 100,000, and that the most likely compatible donor would have to be 18 to 44 years old and share the same ancestry as Deve, who is white. But all potential donors who consented to testing will have their information stored in the global registry and matched against patients in need of bone marrow transplants.
Be The Match recruiters will continue seeking potential marrow donors Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. at the Miami Police Training Center on 400 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami.