Imgur user bcisaidiwould recently shared the story of two sisters, Sam and Alex Kimura, who are traveling across the country. They're looking for a bone marrow match for Sam, who has severe aplastic anemia—a potentially life threatening blood disorder. The best chance of a cure is a bone marrow transplant, but no one in her family matches, nor does anyone currently on the National Bone Marrow Registry.
The younger you are when you get your transplant, the better your chance of survival. Sam's been waiting for years, and apparently she and Alex got fed up with it and took to the road. They sold their cars and bought a van (presumably in honor of the Scooby Gang):
They've been traveling since January and have vowed to explore every state. They also have a map that looks like it should be in a movie about them:
They mostly stop at colleges. Younger people who donate are more likely to be successful matches for people. All it takes to get tested is swabbing the inside of your mouth with a cotton q-tip. They still get a lot of NOs from people who don't have the time or harbor misconceptions about what signing up to be a donor would mean.
It's not a dream road trip. If Alex gets sick she has to wear a mask or she could make Sam really sick. And Sam has to take 20 pills a day for her condition.
They haven't found someone who could be a match for Sam, but they've signed up 13,873 people for the donor registry. Out of that,115 were actually matches for people who needed a live-saving bone marrow transplant. Like this guy, Connor, who is donating:
The girls are still on the road. In honor of their commitment they got a matching tattoo that represents a human Leukocyte Antigen sequence, or the proteins that would identify the DNA match for Sam.
Anybody could be the person who saves Sam's life. Even you!