It Just Takes a Swab

It Just Takes a Swab


(gentle music) – Hi, my name is Ferruh, and I
do live in Sarasota, Florida, with my wife, Susan. For me, one little swab
means the difference between a life and death. (gentle music) It slows you down, and also
consider lots of things, because the clock is ticking. After the diagnosis,
naturally, we start to cry and I get so emotional sometimes. But all I wanna do is find someone, out of the millions of people,
that their DNA matches mine, so I can be cured. – Donating bone marrow, donating
stem cells, can save lives. It happens every day. We work with patients who need a bone marrow transplant to survive. Right now, like Ferruh, I
have about 14,000 patients who need a bone marrow transplant. – So I’m in a holding
pattern waiting for a donor. But in the meantime, it opens your eyes, and then you enjoy every second of it. (gentle music) Team Ferruh is our
wonderful, wonderful friends. When I was diagnosed, they got
together and then they said, we are gonna call ourselves a Team Ferruh, and we are gonna help him. He’s gonna get cured. They are all working
for me, in that sense, to save my life. They do really work hard,
and it means a lot to me. I cannot thank them enough,
and they are amazing people, and I love them, they love
me, and we were friends, now we are family. – And the nice thing
with Ferruh and his team, they’re not doing it just for Ferruh. They all know that there are a lot of other people out there. The more people that sign
up, the better odds we have for finding the matches. And so they’re trying to get more people from all ethnic backgrounds
to come on board, to join the registry. – In my case, we are looking
for a Turkish donor right now. My biggest chance to find
someone with the same DNA should come from the same
ethnicity or the background that I belong to. – [Announcer] Registering
to be stem cell donor is quick, easy and free. First, sign up online. You’ll receive a kit in the mail. Just swab your cheek for a few seconds. It’s that easy. Then, return your DNA sample. Your DNA will be analyzed
to see if it’s a match for someone like Ferruh
who needs stem cells. If you’re a match, donating
your stem cells is easy. – Over 80% of the time,
just like donating blood. But we need more people. We need you to sign up to do it, because if people aren’t signing up, we don’t have the pool of the
committed donors to pull from. You might be the one person
that could save someone’s life. – What keeps me going
and gives me this energy to go against this
disease or finding a donor all the energy, all the
strength, I get from my wife. If the cure is successful,
that’s the biggest gift I would ever, ever receive in my life. One little swab is all it takes. I know the right person is out there, but I just have to find them.