Super Hero of the Week: UT student fighting blood cancer

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Super Hero of the Week
Super Hero of the Week

THE C-W IS THE TELEVISION NETWORK WITH ALL THE SUPERHEROS.

BUT WE'VE REALIZED THERE ARE HEROES RIGHT HERE.

SO WE'VE SENT C-W AUSTIN ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER JOE BARLOW ON A QUEST TO FIND THEM – AND SHARE THEIR STORIES.

TODAY JOE SPOKE WITH A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO IS "MAKING A DIFFERENCE" THIS YEAR MEERA PATEL'S BIRTHDAY FALLS ON THANKSGIVING WE HAVE A TRADITION WE WANT TO COME WITH ME ON THANKSGIVING SO IT'S HER 22ND BIRTHDAY AND WHAT SHE WANTS DOESN'T COST ANY MONEY SHE WANTS 122 PEOPLE TO GET SWAMPED SHOULD I BE NERVOUS NATION SWAPPING IS NOT A COMMON HOBBY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS BUT IT SHOULD BE IT DETERMINES IF YOU CAN BE A DONOR AND SAVE A LIFE AND I'LL BE DOING IT YOURSELF I WON'T BE DOING IT FOR YOU SO I WANTED YOU TO MIRA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LONGHORN CHAPTER OF D KMS NONPROFIT FIGHTING BLOOD CANCER AND BLOOD DISORDERS THIS IS THE ROAD FOR THESE PATIENTS THAT THEY DON'T FIND A MATCHING THAT UNFORTUNATELY THEY DON'T SURVIVE WE GRAB ALWAYS HEARING ABOUT IT I WENT WITH HIM TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER WHAT AND THERE'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT BY GIVING SOMEBODY ABOUT HER TRANSLATOR INCREASING HER CHANCES OF SURVIVAL AND IT'S AT NO COST YOURSELF THE SWABBING IS PAINLESS EXCEPT YOU MIGHT LOOK SILLY FOR 30 SECONDS THAT'S DON'T TOUCH ME WITH THEM THEN AFTER YOU SEND THEM IN YOU'LL BE PUT ON THE LIST AND NOTIFIED IF YOU GET A MATCH THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO DONATE MOST OF THE TIME IF YOU'RE MATCHED AS A POTENTIAL DONOR PATIENTS JUST NEEDS THEMSELVES THEY'RE FOUND IN OUR BLOODSTREAM PROCESS IS VERY SIMILAR TO DONATING PLASMA APPOINTMENTS WHERE BLOOD IS TAKEN FROM ONE ARM THEMSELVES ARE REMOVED AND THE PLANTS PUT BACK IN THE OTHER ARM AND THE OTHER ONE IS ENOUGH FOR DONATING TO A PATIENT IS UNDER THE AGE OF THREE TYPICALLY IT'S BABIES AND CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF THREE MEET UP SO BAD AND MARROW NUTS EXTRACTED AS AN OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE! TAKES LIKE 40 MINUTES AND IN THAT CASE LIKE WHAT WOULD YOU NOT BE WILLING TO DO FOR A CHILD WHO IS UNDERGOING RIGOROUS TREATMENT IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SO LONG MIRA IS AMAZING IT'S REALLY INSPIRING TO SEE WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN DO ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE ARE DOING I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A BAD RAP WHICH IS COMPLETELY FALSE TAKE 30 SECONDS AND GO SWAP YOURSELF YOU JUST MIGHT SAVE A LIFE COULD BE CLONING I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE GOAL OKAY BUT THEORETICALLY PROBABLY AT.