Tim Bruxvoort needs a bone marrow transplant, and you could be the match that saves his life.
Bruxvoort, Pella’s son, now residing in Waverly, was diagnosed in October with a rare blood cancer called MDS/MPN-Unclassiﬁed. A blood stem cell transplant is the only cure. Despite family members being tested and an ongoing search of the world-wide donor registry, no match for Bruxvoort has been found yet.
His family—wife Carol and kids Trish, Rachel, Julie and Jeﬀ— have rolled up their sleeves to do everything they can to seek out a compatible donor.
Turns out, genetics matter, so if you’re Dutch-proud like Bruxvoort, you’re more likely to have compatible stem cells than folks of non-European descent.
If you’re inclined, there are three ways you can help:
1. Get your cheek swabbed at next week’s donor drive to see if you’re a match. BeTheMatch.org will be at Central College on Thursday, Dec. 12 for two opportunities:
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maytag Student Center Atrium
- 3-6 p.m. at the Kuyper Athletic Complex
It’s free if you’re 18-44 years old, and costs $100 if you’re 45-60.
Wife Carol and daughter Trish will be at the 11 a.m. session at the Maytag Student Center Atrium.
2. If you can’t make it to the donor drive, you can order a swab kit to be delivered to your door. Visit Join.BeTheMatch.org/BruxFam or text ‘BruxFam’ to 62474. If you’re not a match for him, testing is never wasted. You may be a life-saving match for someone else in the world.
3. Follow Bruxvoort’s journey at his Caring Bridge site (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ timbruxvoort), and send him some love with a comment. He and the family check the site every day for messages.
Bruxvoort is currently receiving chemotherapy as he waits for a match.
The family is grateful to the community of Pella for your healing help.