David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Good News / Bad News

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The good news is that my legs are feeling great and I am enjoying being at home with Tarnya and the kids. I was even able to spend a little time with some church folk on Sunday evening.

The not so good news is that my sister and I are not a match for a bone marrow transplant. They will have to look further afield for a donor. There are however, I’m told, eleven million donors to choose from and the chances of finding a close match for me are not too bad, though this does reduce my “odds”.

I try to stay focused on God, not the odds. Some people do make it from here. I know God is good and I know tens of thousands of people are praying for me. For now that is enough.

We will know more on Thursday after our meeting with the doctor.


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December 15, 2009 at 8:01 am

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  1. Still praying… God is in control..


    December 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

  2. How do they go about finding one of those 11,000,000 potential donors? Is it something that one can “volunteer” for and then be “tested” for compatibility? Or do they have a database of donors and put the computers to work trying to find the “match” (like “dating” services do)? Just curious: but if the answer were right, I’d be happy to consider donating (if I was eligible).

    Dr. John H. Roller

    December 16, 2009 at 5:53 am

    • John: I have spoken to the New Zealand bone marrow donation service so I will take the liberty of answering this question. Thank you for being willing to help David.

      In New Zealand people volunteer to go onto a database (a simple blood test is required) and then the international dating service goes into effect. When they find someone who matches you they’ll give you a call. Therefore by volunteering you may be able to serve and bless David or another person who has leukemia. David needs to have a transplant very soon so now is a good time to volunteer.

      The most common donation procedure is quite simple. A series of injections are given over four days and then blood is taken from you. The injections cause your body to release the cells that a transplant recipient needs into your blood stream. By doing this you can literally save someone’s life.

      For more info…
      New Zealand http://www.nzblood.co.nz/?t=92
      UK http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/
      USA http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/index.html

      Mandeno Moments

      December 16, 2009 at 7:19 am

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