MAYWOOD, Ill. – A year ago the Wielgos family was distraught when their daughter Sarah, 19, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. She began treatment at the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center.
“She needed a bone marrow transplant so she was transferred to the adult transplant floor. We were fortunate that her sister, Mary, matched and was able to be her donor,” said her mom, Suzanne Wielgos.
Six months later Sarah is home and doing well. Still, after many months in the hospital the Wielgoses know not all families get the same joyful outcome. To say “thank you” to the Loyola care team and to honor those who did not find a donor, the family is sponsoring a bone marrow registry donor drive at Plainfield Central High School, where their children are students.
“Although we were blessed to discover that Mary could be Sarah’s donor, we met many patients at Loyola who are not so fortunate and must turn to the international bone marrow registry in hopes of finding a match. We are so thankful for the support we received from the Plainfield community during Sarah’s cancer journey, so we wanted to give back by registering as many people as we can—and, hopefully, save lives,” Suzanne Wielgos said.
The drive will be held at 1 p.m. , Saturday, Oct. 5, during the Homecoming football game. The Be the Match organization is providing 100 swab kits to collect cheek cell samples to determine if the potential donor will match a patient in need.
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