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Scholar Musician Continues Search for Marrow Match

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On good days, David Mojica performs with his fellow bandmates and spends quality time with his family. On bad days, he maintains a smile while hoping someone discovers a cure for his blood disorder.

At every opportunity, family, friends and teachers are looking for ways to increase awareness about being a bone marrow donor while seeking a match for David, who has aplastic anemia. The condition affects a person’s bone marrow and slows, or even shuts down, production of new blood cells. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.

On Oct. 26, the Duncanville High School band and Be the Match, a bone marrow donor organization, teamed up for a drive – hoping to find a cure for David.

David is a sophomore at Duncanville High School and plays oboe in the Duncanville band.

The 15-year-old was diagnosed with aplastic anemia two years ago. David’s symptoms have included fatigue, internal and external bleeding, nausea and headaches. He has received treatment to reduce some of his symptoms, but he needs a marrow transplant to potentially cure the disease.

David’s fellow students and his teachers have championed his cause. The event held on Saturday, Oct. 26 during the Duncanville Marching Invitational contest motivated 50 people to sign up, swab their cheeks and submit their samples. A previous drive at Duncanville High School last spring prompted more than 30 potential donors to register.

A donor for David must come from the Hispanic community, and people of color are underrepresented in the registry.

Watch this video to learn more about David’s case.

Click here to find out more about Be the Match or to register.

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Published: 11/4/19