Benjamin Franklin once said, “…either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” Jarvis Boyd lives a big, inspiring life that lifts up others in the process…and is worth the writing.
In the words of Jarvis . . .
Sooooo, I had an interesting week. I had surgery to donate bone marrow to a 12- year old recipient. Somebody that I am not related to and do not know.
Why me? Earlier in my old pharmaceutical career, I worked in the oncology (cancer) space, decided to become a donor, and signed up for the registry. That was almost 20 years ago.
Why do it? Jackson turns 11 later this month (wow)! I could not escape the thought of how similar in age he is to the recipient and what if he or any of my other kids needed the same thing. Would somebody else do it? I pray they would.
Sadly, an African American patient has less than a 25 % chance of finding an unrelated donor. African Americans have a 76% chance of finding a partial match and a 19% chance of finding a perfect match. The next closest percentages for another ethnic group are 83% for partial and 33% for perfect.
I see these numbers and it breaks my heart. Diseases like sickle cell anemia, leukemia, lymphoma, and autoimmune diseases that drastically affect the African American community can be helped!
I do not know if my donation will help this child. However, the lesson for me and my family is we have to do the right things absent of the outcome. In fact, I was in quite a bit of pain afterward (and still moving slowly). But another lesson, sometimes the right things hurt. Not trying to change the world, just the 3 feet around me.
Check out the website bethematch.org and become not only a donor but a changer!
Jarvis is the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at 1245 William D. Tate in Grapevine serving good food and supporting many local causes. Stop by, enjoy some chicken and say thank you to Jarvis for giving the gift of life.