In 2001, lifelong Floridian Nick Vojnovic joined Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. As president of Beef O’Brady’s restaurants, he participated in a bone marrow registry drive held at one of his restaurants in support of a patron whose young son needed a compatible donor for a marrow/stem cell transplant. In 2006, Nick was a potential donor for another patient and upon follow up testing, was told there were some anomalies in his bone marrow and he should consult a hematologist. He followed up with doctors who monitored his health and in 2015, was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a precursor to leukemia and was told he needed a stem cell transplant.
Luckily, an unrelated donor match who joined the registry during college was found and with her donation and the support of many OneBlood platelet and blood donors, Nick underwent his transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center in January 2017 and won his battle to live! A surprise meeting between Nick and his stem cell donor Caroline has been arranged for January 31, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
To learn more about Be The Match go to: join.bethematch.org/fl or call Marc Silver at 727-348-5060.
To learn more about the importance of blood and platelet donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org or call 1.888.9DONATE (1.888.936.6283)