Connecticut man hopes new bill brings attention to bone marrow donations

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 04 2018 Apr 4, 2018 Wednesday, April 04, 2018 2:38:00 PM CDT April 04, 2018 in News
By: Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of people with blood-related cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, require bone marrow donations to survive. For many, it's difficult to find a donor match.

But now, the process of finding a match in Missouri could be made easier.

Legislators discussed House Bill 1953 Wednesday afternoon, which would encourage doctors and urgent care physicians to recommend patients to donate bone marrow.

"We're asking the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish a data bank that physicians can contact and put people on the bone marrow registry," Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron said.

Patients between the ages of 18-45 would be eligible to donate. If they are interested in joining the registry, the doctor would then provide the state's Health and Senior Services donation information.

Neely introduced the bill in January because he said it "only makes sense." With the inspiration and support from Team Up Cancer Founder, Rico Dence, the bill is anticipated to pass.

Dence is originally from Sacramento, CA, but now lives in Connecticut. In 2014, he was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. His specific type of cancer doesn't require a bone marrow donation, but he said he has seen the impact bone marrow donations can make.

"Seven out of ten bone marrow transplants come from non-family members," Dence said. "It's a simple procedure, but just think about a parent who wants their kid to live."

Dence started the program after a close friend passed away from cancer. 

"It created a spark in me," he said. "Before he passed, he was getting blood infusions and he mentioned that in Germany, per capita, more people donate than in the rest of the world because doctors talk about it."

Missouri is just one stop on Dence's near two-year journey across the country to spark legislative change and morale among cancer survivors.

After spending the upcoming weekend in Kansas City, he's heading to the Illinois state capitol to meet with legislatures next week.

"2015 was the worst year of my life, and after getting the help I need, I knew I needed to do something. Someone said I should advocate for young adults dealing with cancer, and I said, 'done.'"

The bill will be further discussed in the next Senate executive session before being introduced to the Senate.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies arrested a Columbia man who pleaded guilty to trespassing at two area schools. Kelvin... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 3:53:35 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Day two of the MU-Beagle Freedom Project continued today in Boone County Circuit Court. Money is at... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MFA Inc. is shutting the doors to five of its Agri Service centers, including locations in Columbia and... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the driver in a deadly crash Wednesday as 32-year-old Antoinette Knight... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou football player Tre Williams will serve two years unsupervised probation after he pleaded guilty to peace disturbance.... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:25:00 AM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
ST. JAMES — Local businesses have come together to support the St. James youth football team after someone broke into... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:25:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency requested Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency expand the federal disaster... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:18:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A stolen vehicle case turned into a chase across multiple counties for Callaway County deputies. In a... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:29:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The summer months are a busy time for air conditioning companies, but especially this week with excessive heat... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 5:27:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State volleyball coach Melissa Stokes has been placed on paid administrative leave while the university... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 2:31:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a semitrailer's computer data says it was going above the speed limit when it slammed... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:48:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers are working with the city’s park rangers to increase patrols in city parks after several... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:08:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in Top Stories
STURGEON- The annual Boone County Fair kicks off Tuesday, and will host a variety of events from Tuesday to Saturday,... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:56:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The National Weather Service is predicting the heat index to get up to 109 degrees Wednesday. Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:46:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh is no longer working for the university and a Title... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A drug bust by Moniteau County deputies ended with one suspect in the hospital on suspicion of a... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 9:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies arrested Cheryl “Lynn” Fales and Charles R. Fales, of St James for two counts of... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 8:07:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Water & Light will be holding a public meeting Wednesday from 6 to 7:30... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
6pm 91°
7pm 90°
8pm 85°
9pm 83°