Help Saxton Dunlap find his matching stem cell/marrow donor
Saxton Dunlap was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in May, 2020. He needs to find a matching donor so he can have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. The best chance of finding a match is with someone who shares the same genetic heritage. Because Saxton is African American/White, his best chance of a match is with someone who is also bi-racial.
The best way to start his story is in his own words:
Hey guys, it's Saxton Dunlap. It's time I inform you of my terrible summer. I've been dealing with some pretty awful health symptoms from about May to now, and the doctors found out I have T-cell lymphoma, a type of cancer. I'm staying strong and I'm going to get through this, there is no doubt in my mind! I will be on a six-month journey of chemotherapy, and I have lost a lot of my strength and weight because of the cancer. But just like any bad injury, I will have to work hard to get all that back, and trust me, I will.
While most kids Saxton's age are getting excited about heading to college, he will be staying home to battle T-cell lymphoma. This type of lymphoma is unusual in young adults.
As a student athlete, Saxton's lacrosse career is now put on hold. he is a recent graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla., where he worked hard in academics as well as excelling on the field. He will spend the next year kicking cancer's butt and getting strong, and like any other opponent, he will show cancer no mercy.
When Saxton walks into a room, it's like all the lights clicked on — he's one of those special people. He's that kid you can't help but be drawn to. He has a heart of gold and is always there for his family and friends. He has managed to keep that twinkle in his eyes and that smirk on his face, even though he knows the next few months will be hard.
Mom Kristy was furloughed in May, and now will remain at home to take care of her boy. Saxton, Kristy and Alan are not alone in this journey — they are surrounded by family and friends that love them all!
We need your help to make sure this family stays strong, and Saxton comes out victorious.
What You Can Do
- Join the registry! If you are 18-35 and in good health, you may be Saxton's perfect match. Click on the blue "Get Swabbed" button.
- Sponsor a swab kit. Lab processing of every kit costs $60. Your contribution will help add new donors to the registry, who may be a match for Saxton or other patients. Click on the orange "Give to My Circle" button.
- Spread the word. Use the social media links to the right to share Saxton's story in your Facebook and Twitter account. The more people who order a swab kit and join the registry, the faster Saxton will find a donor. #SaxtonsArmy