Two years ago, Tim Bruxvoort of Waverly was scheduled for a total knee replacement at Waverly Health Center (WHC). After the procedure, his labs revealed he had a high white blood cell count. Several tests later, doctors decided to monitor his levels every six months. Tim would come to WHC’s lab to have this done.
This fall, after a routine check of his blood, they discovered he was anemic (low red blood cell count). More tests were done and Tim found himself making a trip to Mayo Clinic. It is there he was formally diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. “It is such a rare diagnosis that a bone marrow transplant is the only cure,” Tim stated. It is also so rare that there are no matched donors in the bone marrow registry.
Tim and his family are working hard to educate people about the Bone Marrow Donor match program. “It’s so simple and people just don’t know that,” Tim said. To help raise awareness and get more people to sign up as donors, two drives will be held this week. Both drives will take place on Thursday, December 12 and they will be held at Wartburg College and at Central College in Pella. They are encouraging all to go get swabbed and get on the registry.
For the last two months, Tim’s “normalcy” has been chemotherapy, lab draws, and then transfusions. He is so thankful that he can come to WHC to do the labs and transfusions. “It’s so nice that we can just drive across town to get this done,” Tim stated. “Big city care, small town comfort is the perfect slogan for the hospital,” he added.
With a smile on his face, Tim said, “I would love to share my story with the hopes that we can find a match for me and for all the others out there in similar situations.”