Arroyo Grande High School is hosting a bone marrow donor drive Oct. 2 for graduate Ryan Teixeira, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
Teixeira, a standout baseball player at the school who had surgery a little more than a year ago to remove a 10-pound malignant tumor from his leg and had been cancer free as recently as December, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) last week. Teixeira is now in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Ryan’s aunt, Heather Teixeira, wrote in a Facebook post that there is a 25-percent chance that his brother, Aaron, will be an exact match.
“If not there will be a worldwide search to find an exact match,” she said in the post. “Perhaps you could be the one to help save a life.”
The event will be held in the multipurpose room (MPR) on the Arroyo Grande High School campus from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants must be between 18-44 years old. Anyone who cannot attend the event can register online at join.bethematch.org/17Strong.
Ryan Teixeira, now enrolled at Colorado Mesa University, is currently undergoing “aggressive” treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“(Ryan) will be in the hospital for a long period of time, but he is doing well,” Ryan’s father, Steve Teixeira, said Wednesday via text message. “Our faith and tight knit family and friends help keep us strong.”