Helping A Schoolmate Out

I received this email last week from my High School Alumni Office. It struck a cord in me because we had our own Bone Marrow Drive last year in honor of Trevor Kott. I remember the stand we took to help Trevor. Here’s our chance to help Arthur.

 Dear Notre Dame Alumni,

We recently received the following message from Arthur Cabico ’82.  Please keep him and his young family in your prayers.

I am married with five children. The oldest (Ashley) is a sophomore at USC studying structural engineering. Katelyn is 13 and is in the 8th grade. Mackenzie is 7 and in second grade. And Sean and Ryan are in Kindergarten.  Mackenzie was adopted at birth from the State and Sean and Ryan were adopted a year ago from the State. Robin and I were licensed as special needs foster parents.

In February of 2008, I was diagnosed with grade 3 non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma. Since then it has been a battle trying to put the cancer into remission.  I have transferred my case to the doctors at M.D. Anderson in Houston because the cancer appears to have gotten more aggressive and is now considered a difficult case. I desperately want to be here for my family. In order to find a cure, I am in need of a bone marrow donor and preferably one of the same ethnic background (Filipino) for a closest match.

I would like to ask the alumni and current community and staff to pray for me to find a donor.  And if you can help organize a bone marrow drive in your area I would really appreciate that. Of the 7 million registered donors, only 8000 are Asians – that’s 0.10 of 1%. Not very good odds. Please contact me if you wish to help or you can go to the NMDP web site at www.marrow.org. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.

Arthur Cabico ’82

3135 S. 83rd Circle
Mesa, AZ  85212
480.984.9057    Home

domer86_ac@msn.com

I am asking all of you once again, if you have not already, become a Bone Marrow Donor. You could help a family. You could save a life.

Rocky Sig

3 Responses to “Helping A Schoolmate Out”

  1. Emru Townsend September 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    I’m currently in hospital in preparation for my bone marrow transplant (5 days and counting!). There’s nothing better than the news that a donor has been found, except for finding out from your transplant centre when your day zero — the day of the actual transplant — is.

    I urge everyone reading this to get more information, (hopefully) register, and tell others about this urgent need. Lives are at stake, and it’s pretty easy to help. Many who have actually been called on to donate say they’d do it again. More info:

    http://www.healemru.com
    http://www.marrow.org
    http://www.onematch.ca
    http://www.hema-quebec.qc.ca

  2. Robin Cabico July 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    I just read this article regarding my husband, Art Cabico. I had no idea this exsisted and to be honest I’m not quite sure how I ended up finding it.

    Now that I’m here, I’ll update you. I’m not sure if you heard. Art passed away on December 6th, 2008, one week away from getting a bone marrow transplant. They were able to find him a 9/10 match. He lived 2 days from when they said he wasn’t going to make it. I so appreciate you passing this on on his behalf. He was an amazing man – irreplaceable. I don’t know if you were aware, but Art registered as a bone marrow donor 14 years before he needed one for himself.

    I am a registered bone marrow donor, but have yet to be called. Keep up the good work you are doing.

    God bless,
    Robin Cabico

  3. HeadMutha July 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Robin,

    Notre Dame did inform us. I am so sorry for you and your family. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

    Rocky

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