Leukemia patient turns lemons into record-setting donor registry

Saturday, March 03, 2018 04:43PM
You know the saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. A Sacramento man is doing much more than that -- reaching an incredible goal in just 24 hours that could help save his life and others.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. - You know the saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. A Sacramento man is doing much more than that -- reaching an incredible goal in just 24 hours that could help save his life and others.

Twenty-year-old Chris Betancourt has leukemia -- and is having a hard time finding a bone marrow donor. He's been given one year to live. He and his friend Dillon Hill came up with a bucket list with one goal being to break the world record for the most bone marrow donation signups in a day.


They came up with the "Lemons for Leukemia Challenge." And it worked. Supporters helped Chris and Dillon set a world record with almost 4,000 new potential donors in 24 hours. Even celebrities like Robin Roberts and Danny Devito took the challenge.


Registry group Be the Match tweeted a big "Thank You!"

It's too late to join the record, but you can still save lives.

Click here for more information on how to help Chris' cause.
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