How to help
To donate marrow donor
Doctors look for a donor who matches their patient’s tissue type, specifically their human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type. HLAs are proteins. Donors are first asked to provide a cheek swab or blood sample to determine if they are potential matches for patients.
For information on how to join the national registry, visit bethematch.org.
To help the Voris family
The Twitter hashtag is #prayforsay.
The firefighters volunteered to shave their heads in support of fellow firefighter John Voris and his daughter Saylor, 15, who is suffering from leukemia.
“It’s so tremendous to see so many of my brothers out here today supporting my family,” Voris said.
Firefighters had their head shaved as colleagues, friends, family members and patients from the hospital cheered them on. The event also served as a blood drive and to encourage people to become bone-marrow donors. Saylor Voris will receive a transplant from marrow donated by her brother.
Saylor Voris laughed and clapped as electric clippers mowed into the men’s heads. The girl even helped shave the head of Chief Patrick Dibb. Later, she shaved her dad’s hair.
“My hair hasn’t been this short since I was in college,” the chief said afterward. “Saylor did a fantastic job. I’m glad our Orange fire family could participate in something like this.”
Other CHOC patients also took turns helping shave firefighters’ heads. The firefighters passed out caps, honorary badges and other gifts to the young patients, most of whom had also lost their hair following treatments.
The department organized a pancake breakfast for the Voris family last weekend to help raise funds to help cover medical bills.
Saylor Voris, a cheerleader at San Clemente High, said she was overcome with all of the support. She will remain at the hospital for several weeks, undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant.
“I can’t say how much this means to me,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. I can’t thank everyone enough