A statewide drive, "Stand Up for Keith – Team Meter Marrow Drive," is being organized by CHP Headquarters and the CHP Santa Ana Area office to try to find a marrow donor for Officer Meter, an 18-year veteran of the Department. In 2014, Officer Meter was identified as a potential marrow donor for a young girl with marrow cancer. However, during the screening process, he was found to have more in common with the girl than he anticipated. Officer Meter was diagnosed with a form of cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome and now needs a marrow transplant. On Friday, March 11, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will initiate a statewide effort to register bone marrow donors. During the kick-off at the CHP Academy, law enforcement and fire personnel from the greater Sacramento and foothills area, will volunteer to see if they are a match for CHP Officer Keith Meter or any other person in need of this lifesaving treatment. Following the initial event, any member of the public is invited to register at more than 36 CHP offices and other locations (listed below) throughout the state on March 12-19. Donors must be between the ages of 18-44.The cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people. Join our cause. You could be the cure.
Persons within the target age group of 18-44 who cannot make it to the above locations during the Marrow Drive are encouraged to visit the following Web sites to request a test kit (one will be mailed upon request). Additional marrow registry information can be found online at bethematch.org and officersgivehope.org.