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SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio man who needs a bone marrow transplant hopes his push to find a donor may help other patients, too. His wife has a unique perspective on their medical crisis.

Laurie Stevens is a nurse at University Hospital s Transplant Center. She helps patients manage their miracles.

Now, her husband of 24 years is in need of a miracle himself. And time is critical.

Morris Stevens, 40, has myelodysplastic syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant.

For some reason we may never find out, my bone marrow simply stopped producing blood cells, he explained.

If I stop and think about it, I still get upset because it s not supposed to happen to us, Laurie Stevens said. I see both the great side of transplant and the saddest side of transplant. And seeing the saddest side of transplant is what I don t want to take home.

The University Transplant Center is hosting a bone marrow registry sign-up on Wednesday, Dece. 14 at University Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All that is required is to fill out a form and take a simple cheek swab.

Morris Stevens has a lot to live for, including four children and two grandchildren. Yet today, he is hoping his screening event will help others waiting for a match.

It would be the coolest thing in the world and probably the best Christmas present anyone could ever give to help someone else out, he said.

Bone marrow donation is a lot easier than it used to be. If you are interested in signing up to register, call the Transplant Center at (210) 567-5777.

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