MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Each year, more than 18 thousand people, in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses where a bone marrow transplant is their best treatment option.
Thousands of those on the list are children. Only 30 percent have a matching relative, leaving many hoping for a stranger to save their life. One of those on the list is a little four-year-old who is on a mission for a match.
Blowing out the candles for a fourth birthday is a huge milestone for twins Mackenzie and Sloane Caston.
“They’re beautiful, amazing girls, and they are so vivacious, and you know with Sloane, Sloanie is so resilient,” Keri Caston, Sloane’s mom, told Ivanhoe.
Born healthy, six-pound, bundles of joy─at eleven months Sloane was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Despite treatment cancer kept coming back in her spine, then in her blood. Her only real hope for healthy life, is a bone marrow transplant. Her sister, while a perfect match on the playground is not a match for a donor.
“As a human being when something like this gets thrown at you, it’s amazing what you become,” Seth Caston, Sloane’s dad, shared.
#SloaneStrong has become a worldwide campaign on the gift of life registry. They are appealing to everyone to get swabbed, especially young adults.
“Between I believe 18 to 35-year-olds is where you get 80% of the matches,” Keri stated.