It’s the story we first brought you last month: A local teenager in need of life saving help, as he battles a rare form of leukemia that affects less than 200,000 people nationwide.
The family of Javon Crompton hosted an event recently to find the person who might be able to help, and in turn some of our local first responders answered the call.
On the day of Javon’s “be the match” drive he had 40 members of the community register. And as of Wednesday, that number jumped to 70. His mother Kimberly Crompton says this is an overwhelming time for her family, but because of the loved ones and strangers who are helping, she is grateful.
When the Bakersfield police department heard that Javon’s treatments had stopped working, and that he was in need of a blood stem-cell transplant. They showed up to his registry with 17 of their officer’s. They hope of having even just one person in the department matching with Javon.
Crompton says, “They showed up in a pack! Like hey we’re ready! Some came in uniform, some just regularly dressed, and I mean they stayed, they laughed they talked with us, they showed their compassion and grace.”
Through this process, Javon found a potential match. However, this person needs to go through health screenings before they can proceed with helping Javon. If the match works out, Crompton will likely get a procedure in April of this year. Crompton says that she wants to continue getting members of the community to register in case this potential match falls through. She says that the process is easy and is a lot like donating blood plasma. And in order to see if you are a match, you just have to do a couple of swabs of the inside of your mouth. Kits can be distributed through "Be the Match."
If you would like to see if you could be a match for Javon or any person around the world, click the link below.