In 2015, NSCF co-funded the journey of Alex Kimura, Sam Kimura and Taylor Shorten, founders of Sharing America’s Marrow (S.A.M.). Sam Kimura was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at age 17 and will eventually need a bone marrow transplant – with no donor match in her family or on the National Bone Marrow Registry.
With kits donated by Delete Blood Cancer, the three of them traveled to college campuses in all 50 states, registered over 40,000 new bone marrow donors and found more than 500 matches for patients on a transplant waiting list.
NSCF has continued to fund S.A.M.’s operations. In 2016 and 2017, Alex Kimura organized 100+ national satellite events and now runs bone marrow registration campaigns and organizes national chapters. In 2017, Alex, Sam and Taylor received the RARE Champion of Hope Award from Global Genes.