Dereck Boles is 26 years old and battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). To defeat ALL and recover his health, doctors have recommended a peripheral blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant from a donor who shares his same tissue type. We are urgently seeking donors to be tested to learn if they are a match for Dereck, or another patient in need.
In February 2022, Dereck was experiencing sharp pains in his chest that spread over time. Two trips to the emergency room were unable to find a cause, but in March his physician ordered extensive blood tests, which showed not only was Dereck suffering from diabetes, he was also battling leukemia. After being admitted to the hospital they discovered it was Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and doctors recommended a transplant as his best chance for a cure.
Dereck has a loving family, and is not only the father of a beautiful little girl, he has a baby boy on the way.
He attended Boise State University, the University of Arizona, and Coffeyville Community College, and played football for all three schools, where he was known by the hashtag #9inez. Dereck graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in General Studies, Social Behavior and Human Understanding. Recently, he has been busy starting up his own residential and commercial cleaning business.
We are actively searching for Dereck's matching donor, and that lifesaving hero may be you!
All it takes is a swab of your cheek to find out if you are a match for Dereck or another patient in need. Dereck’s best chance of a match is with someone who shares his African American genetic heritage.
If you are of African American ancestry, please join the registry today.
Our goal is to help this incredible young man beat this diagnosis, be there to raise his children, and open his new business successfully.
Please note there is no cost to donate, and every donor's personal and medical information is kept strictly confidential by Gift of Life.