STEM CELL MATCH FOUND FOR AILING MAINE GAME WARDEN

by Christian Mower on June 28, 2012

A HIGH RANKING MAINE GAME WARDEN SUFFERING FROM CANCER SAYS HE WILL START TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL IN BOSTON, MASS. JULY 9TH AFTER A SUITABLE DONOR MATCH WAS FOUND FOR HIM.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY GRADUATE MAJ. GREGORY SANBORN SAYS UNDER THE RULES OF THE MATCHING PROGRAM, THE ONLY THING HE KNOWS ABOUT HIS DONOR IS THAT HE IS A 26-YEAR-OLD MAN.

OVER THE WEEKEND OF MAY 18TH, FRYEBURG ACADEMY HOSTED EVENTS CALLED “BE THE MATCH,” WHERE PEOPLE WERE ENCOURAGED TO LEARN ABOUT SANBORN’S ILLNESS AND GET TESTED TO SEE IF THEY MIGHT BE A SUITABLE MATCH FOR A TRANSPLANT.

IN A LETTER TO THE ACADEMY, SANBORN SAYS HE APPRECIATES AND IS GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO PLANNED, ORGANIZED AND ATTENDED THE “BE THE MATCH” EVENTS. HE SAYS FINDING A MATCH FOR HIM CLEARS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HURDLES TO HIM BEING CURED.

NEARLY 200 POTENTIAL DONORS SUBMITTED CHEEK SWABS DURING THE EVENT AT THE ACADEMY AND SANBORN SAYS SIMILAR DRIVES HAVE RESULTED IN MORE THAN 700 POTENTIAL DONORS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE BEING ADDED TO A WORLD WIDE REGISTRY.

SANBORN’S TREATMENT IN BOSTON IS EXPECTED TO LAST JUST MORE THAN A WEEK AND HE SAYS HE WILL HAVE TO BE IN “ISOLATION” FOR ABOUT A YEAR AFTER THAT TO ALLOW HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM TO RECOVER.

HE SAYS HE’LL MISS SEEING EVERYONE AT THE FRYEBURG FAIR THIS FALL – BUT HE’S HANGING ON TO INFORMATION FROM HIS DOCTORS THAT IF THE STEM CELL TRANSPLANT WORKS HE’LL BE TRADING ONE YEAR OF HIS LIFE FOR ABOUT 30 OR MORE GOOD ONES.