John C. Frierson founded A Bone Marrow Wish (ABMW) in November 2003, after registering at a drive hosted at his church (Fellowship Chapel, Detroit, Michigan) for a local fire fighter in October 2002. Six months later he was chosen to save the life of a young boy.
The bone marrow transplant was successfully completed in June 2003.
The process was so non-evasive that John was inspired to share the critical need for minorities (especially African Americans) to join the National Marrow Donor Program - NMDP (Be the Match) registry using an innovative outreach approach that meets the target group in convenient places they frequent most.
Our Mission is to provide education and awareness about bone marrow to the most under-represented groups on the national registry – Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.
Our Vision is to increase awareness and eliminate the huge racial ethnic gap of potential donors on the registry.
Our Values ---
Since its inception, A Bone Marrow Wish has registered more than 10,500 potential donors for the National Marrow Donor Program (Be the Match) Registry and educated more than 9,000 minorities (people of color) to increase awareness about the critical need for bone marrow.
We have reached more than 12,500 individuals with our mission.
The Inaugural "African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month" Campaign reached thousands more during our 5-city tour.
ABMW was granted 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service December 2003.
Governor Jennifer Granholm acknowledged June 3rd as African American Bone Marrow Day in the State of Michigan.
Minority bone marrow registry drive. "Give a drop, save a life!"
The proposed national legislation for the "African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month" was introduced by our Michigan congressional delegates (Debbie Stabenow - MI; John "Johnny" Isaackson - GA) and approved June 2009.
We launched our African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month Campaign July 2010 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.
During the first year, strong partnerships presented opportunities for ABMW to bring education and awareness to several African American museums, family reunions, faith-based and community affiliates across the country.
We expanded to reach our 10-city tour with several African American museum campaign champions committed to continue the mission of spreading the word annually in their venues.
Meeting people at even more family reunions, museums, and media outlets that reach the target population embraced this movement and worked more closely with their local communities to provide a more personable, trusting bone marrow awareness approach.
ABMW has grown from a donor led organization to one that actively engages the partnerships and in-kind support of health care professionals (physicians, radiologists, organ transplant specialists, psychologists), bone marrow donors and recipients, and community advocates who are determined to help expand and cultivate healthy family legacies among the most under-served and under represented racial ethnic groups on the national bone marrow registry.