Mom fighting leukemia gives birth to twins after finding perfect bone marrow match, thanks to viral video
Susie Rabaca is the recipient of a number of blessings this month. The woman, who is from Southern California and fighting a rare form of cancer, gave birth to twins Thursday, according to FOX 11. She named her new son and daughter Ryan and Rainy, and all three are fine.
This exciting news comes just days after the 36-year-old, who was already a mother to three other children with her husband, found a bone marrow donor to treat her acute myeloid leukemia following a viral internet search, as described in the video above.
After none of her family members proved to be a match, Rabaca turned to the worldwide registry for donors. Even with 30 million people on the registry, there was no match for Rabaca. But her plea for a donor did not fall on deaf ears.
Approximately 40,000 people registered in the National Marrow Donor Program after hearing Rabaca’s story, FOX 11 reports — and one was a perfect match.
“With tears running down my face and my heart full of hope I want to say THANK YOU LORD!” Rabaca shared on Facebook. “Thank you to my family, friends, people around the country that I don’t even know that have shown support and especially that have signed up for BE THE MATCH!”
Joining the Be the Match Registry is simple. After answering a few questions online about your medical history, you receive a cheek swab kit in the mail. You swab your cheek and then mail the DNA sample back to the registry. Rabaca has found her match, but there are many other patients in desperate need.