Jackson County residents are urged to give a few minutes of their time to try to help a 3-month-old child in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Braxton Campbell Holder, son of Christopher “Camp” Holder and Stacy Robinson Holder of Goodlettsville, Tenn., has been diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (SCIDS) in November and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. SCIDS is more commonly called “The Boy in the Bubble” disease because his body is unable to generate its own immune system. In the 1970s, a made-for-TV movie starring John Travolta highlighted this disease.
Camp and his parents (Braxton’s grandparents), Pam and Fred Rudder Holder, are former residents of Scottsboro, and they still have relatives in the area.
Braxton’s great-aunt Ramona Campbell Collins of Scottsboro is organizing a blood and bone marrow drive at Harbin Ford Motor Co. on Monday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in hopes of finding a match for the transplant. Blood Assurance will be conducting the drive and asks that anyone interested in being tested contact Ramona Collins at 599-2945 to schedule a convenient time to be tested that day. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
The bone marrow test is very simple, involving only a Q-tip swab of the individual’s mouth. However, Blood Assurance asks that everyone donate a pint of blood to offset the cost of typing the bone marrow. After being tested at this drive, your name would be placed on the National Bone Marrow Donor Program’s registry to be contacted in the future if you match a needed individual. At that time, you would be able to decline if you so choose.
For more information about the actual bone marrow donation procedure, visit the website http://www.marrow.org.