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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:36am

This year South Texas Chapter started a new tradition, each TEHA-STC President gets to choose a nonprofit organization to invite to the conference each December. As a result, President Edgar Cruz chose a nonprofit that he has been a part of for many years. His goddaughter, Lily Lopez, was a recipient of this wonderful nonprofit. Although she past away, the studies she voluntarily agreed to have on her will benefit many future patients, that will be able to enjoy their lives because of her noble efforts. More information on Lily Lopez may be found at

I also want to thank everyone that signed up for our “Be The Match: The National Marrow Donor Program” (, a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need.

Keeping Lily Lopez Mission Alive

Gencure/Be The Match is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, Gencure/Be The Match provides the ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives. If you decide to assist us, as a register marrow donor, volunteer or financial contribution, you will be taking the first step to being the cure for children with blood cancers like leukemia and other marrow diseases. Your financial contribution can help patients win the financial struggle that’s often a barrier to getting a transplant. Your financial contribution also helps grow our registry and support life-saving research.

Lily Lopez joined Gencure/Be The Match in the Rio Grande Valley when she was diagnose with leukemia. A bone marrow transplant could have saved her life. Only one match was found, but the donor said NO at the last minute. She had one donor on the registry. What if she had two? What if she had ten?  If the registry had more than one marrow donor in the registry she may have lived. I’m hoping that Lily’s story will inspire you to make a financial contribution, volunteer or register as marrow donor. Currently, over 11 million people are registered donors and the percentage of finding a match is low.

Throughout the whole battle, Lily never cried. She never said she was scared to die. On August 26, 2014, Lily was laid to rest and we celebrated her life because she was a brave young girl who sacrificed her life to give other children and adults a better chance to survive cancer. We will continue Keeping Lily’s Lopez Mission Alive so that no other child will be left without a marrow donor. Even though she is no longer with us, we do not stop searching for financial support, marrow donors and volunteers. It is my hope that together, we can save the lives of many children and adults who will need marrow transplants. Cancer can hit our families at any time, young or old. Saving a life can be as simple as donating cells from your blood. It is a beautiful gift!

We look forward for your support and for additional information regarding Gencure /Be The Match, please visit or Luis Lopez 956-433-6230.

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