Ignacio is a 50-year-old husband to Melissa and father to Lucas, 15, and Gabriela, 18. He has an incredible career as the leader of Edenburg Hospitality, a leading hospitality firm headquartered in Miramar, Fla.
After battling fatigue, bone pain, neuropathy, dizziness, and other symptoms, he was recently diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer.
To defeat myelofibrosis and recover his health, Ignacio needs a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) or bone marrow transplant from a donor who shares his tissue type. This tissue type is inherited from our parents, like hair and eye color, so the best chance of finding Ignacio’s match is with someone who shares his genetic heritage.
That’s where YOU come in! You could be Ignacio’s lifesaving match without even knowing it. All it takes is a simple swab of your cheek to find out if you are a match for Ignacio or another patient in need.
If you are of Jewish, Spanish, or Portuguese ancestry, please join the registry today.
Ignacio’s ancestry includes Jewish individuals from Central and Eastern Europe including Ukraine, and Spanish and Portuguese individuals from Europe, as well as Central America, and South America.
Our goal is to help Ignacio beat this diagnosis and get back to normal life. Being there for his wife and children means everything to him. Let’s make sure this beautiful family has an incredible future together.
Joining the registry is easy! Order a registration kit including cheek swabs by clicking the Join Registry button. The kit will be mailed to your home, just complete the health questionnaire, swab your cheeks, and return the kit in the prepaid envelope. If you are found as a match for Ignacio or another patient, Gift of Life will contact you and offer you the chance to save a life. The donation process for blood stem cells takes four to six hours at a collection center, like Gift of Life's state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton. Blood is drawn from one arm, the stem cells are collected in a sterile bag, and the rest of the blood is returned to the donor through the other arm. Donors feel recovered in 24-48 hours.
Ignacio is not only a loving husband and father, he is very involved in the community, and has been a youth soccer coach with the City of Pembroke Pines for many years. He has provided support for an orphanage in Venezuela, is involved with many community organizations as well as both Jewish and Catholic religious institutions, and 30 years ago, he founded his own companies, Amerisafe Industries and Edenburg Hospitality.
Ignacio’s family has been touched by cancer before: both his wife’s parents and Ignacio’s own father lost the battle against cancer. Please help us find the donor who can give Ignacio a second chance at life.
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