Cyclists cycle 600 miles to raise awareness of bone marrow transplant needs

A team of eight travels 600 miles in 11 days to raise awareness of bone marrow transplant needs. The group stopped in Wauwatosa on Monday to visit Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. According to Froedtert, Milwaukee is the hub for all bone and blood marrow transplants in the world. The International Center for Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), located within the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center, contains the world’s largest database of blood transplant outcomes and bone marrow. diagnosed with blood cancers requiring transplants,” said Allison Baus, clinical educator and nurse in the bone marrow transplant unit at Froedtert. β€œIt’s so important. We’re a big center. We do, I mean over the past year, 350 to 400 transplants a year.” Baus is a donor herself. She said she helped save the life of a 31-year-old man with a donation. Members of the cycling team have their own stories. “In 2016, I was diagnosed with a very rare bone marrow disorder called myelofibrosis. I was looking for a donor,” Marsha Krone told WISN 12 News. “We probably added close to a thousand donors on my behalf who wanted to see if they could save my life.” Six years later, Krone is still searching. During her process, she discovered that her already rare form of cancer is even rarer. “I have two of the 10 rare HLA markers you need to find a donor,” Krone said. “My transplant doctor said you probably had less than a one percent chance of finding a donor.” Krone fights those odds and raises awareness as the team travels through the Midwest. “I say try or die,” Krone said. “And if you have to try, you know you will try.” If you would like to register to be on the donor registry, click here.

A team of eight people cycle 600 miles in 11 days to raise awareness of bone marrow transplant needs.

The group stopped in Wauwatosa on Monday to visit Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

According to Froedtert, Milwaukee is the hub for all bone and marrow transplants in the world.

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)located within Froedtert & MCW’s Clinical Cancer Center, contains the world’s largest database of blood and bone marrow transplant results.

“There are a lot of patients diagnosed with blood cancers who need transplants,” said Allison Baus, clinical educator and nurse in the bone marrow transplant unit at Froedtert. “It’s so important. We’re a big center. We do, I mean in the last year, 350 to 400 transplants a year.”

Baus is a donor herself. She said she helped save the life of a 31-year-old man through Don.

Members of the cycling team have their own stories.

“In 2016, I was diagnosed with a very rare bone marrow disorder called myelofibrosis. And as a result, I started looking for a donor,” Marsha Krone told WISN 12 News. “We probably added close to a thousand donors on my behalf who wanted to see if they could save my life.”

Six years later, Krone is still searching. During her process, she discovered that her already rare form of cancer is even rarer.

“I have two of the 10 rare HLA markers you need to find a donor,” Krone said. “My transplant doctor told me you probably had less than a one percent chance of finding a donor.”

Krone battles these odds and raises awareness as the team travels through the Midwest.

“I say try or die,” Krone said. “And if you have to try, you know you’ll try.”

If you want to register to be on the donor registry Click here.