In 2012, trooper Padgett was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of plasma cells. After a stem-cell transplant in 2013, Padgett went into remission. But it didn’t last long. In January of this year, the cancer returned and was more aggressive than before. Padgett’s best chance of survival now is a stem-cell donor. The odds of finding a matching stem-cell donor are one-in-a-million but Trooper Padgett’s family, including her two children think we can find a match.
Recognizing the need to help Trooper Padgett and others like her, WSDOT is holding the bone marrow and blood drive event on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WSDOT Tacoma Maintenance Office, 11211 – 41st Ave SW, Tacoma, 98499. Cascade Regional Blood Services will be onsite, ready to take blood donations. Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, will also be onsite, swabbing potential marrow donors between the ages of 18 to 44 only. Individuals 45 years or older may apply for a swabbing kit online at www.bethematch.org. Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.