Deputy Barrett Lovell, 33 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in October 2014. His treatment began immediately with chemotherapy and multiple blood transfusions. However, doctors have told him that to survive leukemia he will need a stem cell transplant.
Bossier Parish Deputy Barrett Lovell
“It never crossed my mind that I could have cancer. I never had anyone in my family with leukemia, I never even knew anybody. It was a shock to my system, I just kinda went blank,” said Barrett of his diagnosis.
Lovell, like 70% of patients who need a stem cell or marrow transplant, does not have a matching donor in his family; he is relying on a complete stranger to save his life. The National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match, registers people to see if they could be a donor for those searching patients.
To register with Be The Match, the donor must be between the ages of 18-44, in good physical health and be willing to donate to anyone they match. Registration takes about ten minutes and involves filling out paperwork and four mouth swabs.
“The local law enforcement does so much for our community, and now they are asking the community to step up and help one of their own. Getting residents to donate blood in his honor and sign up for the marrow registry not only improves his chances of survival, but helps others in his honor,” shared Brian Allison, head of LifeShare Blood Centers Marrow Registry Program.
For questions about blood donation or signing up for the marrow registry contact LifeShare’s Marrow Registry Coordinator Brian Allison at 318.673.1534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program, LifeShare Blood Centers recruits and registers individuals for the Be The Match registry and conducts confirmatory testing on those who have been identified as potential donors. Every day 10,000 patients in the U.S. search the Marrow Registry. More information about the National Marrow Donor Program can be found at: www.BeTheMatch.org.
UPDATE: Bossier Parish Deputy Barrett Lovell has returned to work after a long battle with his Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Thanks to a stem cell transplant, several blood transfusions and cancer therapy, he is now in remission.
UPDATE: After a routine checkup, Deputy Barrett Lovell received news that his leukemia is no longer in remission. Lovell is currently working with doctors to come up with the best treatment plan and will start chemotherapy again soon. He is also expected to need donated blood during the chemotherapy.
UPDATE: On November 14, 2015, Deputy Barrett Lovell unfortunately lost his battle with leukemia. “We have such a caring community, and there were so many people who supported and prayed for Barrett during his battle with cancer,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. The support and prayers were coupled with blood donations to help Barrett through his cancer treatment. Barrett also shared his story to encourage donations for other patients in need.