Taylor Castro always knew she wanted to do something to help the community. She worked as a Document Control Coordinator for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and volunteered for community events like World Marrow Donor Day. Little did the 25-year-old know that one day she would be the one in need.

In October 2018, just six months after giving birth to her youngest child, Taylor went to the doctor with an ear infection. After testing, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.  

For seven months, Taylor’s underwent several rounds of chemotherapy, received regular blood and platelet transfusions, and searched for a marrow or stem cell match.


Taylor hoped her story will inspire people to join the marrow registry, if not for herself, than for other patients.

“Even if I can’t find my match,” Taylor said in a video post on her Facebook page, “If I found a match for someone else, that would bring so much joy and happiness to my heart because I would know I helped save someone’s life.”

Unfortunately, Taylor passed on April 28, 2019. Even though she is no longer with us, her legacy lives on.

Help us honor Taylor’s legacy by donating blood and joining Be the Match Registry®.

Text TAYLOR to 61474 or visit join.bethematch.org/taylor to start the registration process.