On May 9, 2015, CBR cord blood transplant recipient, Dillon Low, was a special guest of the American Red Cross, 3M and Hendrick Motorsports at the NASCAR SpongeBob Square Pants 400 race to team up with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. The Jeff Gordon Foundation is a supporter of the National Marrow Donor Program and cord blood banks.
Dillon got an all access tour of Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, a front row seat to watch #24 – a Chevrolet SS with an American Red Cross paint theme – and got to see his name and handprints featured on the bumper!
Dillon attended the race as an American Red Cross ambassador, promoting their #SleevesUp campaign to the over 24 million NASCAR fans. This campaign encourages race fans to donate blood by creating a virtual blood drive for friends and family through its #SleevesUp website. These virtual blood drives honor someone, celebrate an event, or just provide easy ways to help the cause.
This was an important day for Dillon. In 2006, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia, which prevented his bone marrow from producing red blood cells. It took six years and approximately 80 American Red Cross blood transfusions before Dillon found a perfect match in his brother. This allowed him to have a bone marrow transplant and a cord blood transplant using his brother’s cord blood stem cells stored at CBR. Finding a match is a key component of these types of medical procedures. Thanks to the American Red Cross and CBR, Dillon is now free of anemia and living a normal life – enjoying an unforgettable day out at the races.
CBR celebrates Dillon Low and our 300+ CBR client families that have used their CBR-stored cord blood stem cells.