Our StoryWhy Genny's Hope was founded
70% of people won't find a donor in their family and rely on the registry
Depending on your ethnicity likelihood to find a match can be as low as 66%
Our goal is to increase everyone's odds of finding a match on the registry to 100%
In 2011, at the age of 33 years, Genny was diagnosed with two blood cancers, Primary Myleofibrosis and Myloeodysplatic Syndrome, and her only hope for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. On January 19, 2012, Genny’s hope became a reality when she received precious stem cells from an international donor that saved her life.
I’m Ann Haehn, Genny’s Mom and Founder of Genny’s Hope. While my daughter’s story has a happy ending and we are incredibly blessed, there so many others searching for that man or woman who is a bone marrow match and who will donate his or her marrow so that they can live. Our mission is to find these matches by getting as many people on the bone marrow list as we can.
“Genny’s Hope Foundation is an idea – really a quest – to help the thousands of others searching for the bone marrow match they need so desperately. My thought was, what if I, working shoulder-to-shoulder with other good people, could do whatever it takes to increase the number of donor enrollments in the bone marrow registry? With more enrollments, we would increase the chances for all our loved ones to find that match and reclaim their lives.”