Salute the Badge: Desoto Deputy donates life-saving stem cells

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Deputy Chris Davis has always had a passion for helping people.

It’s what led him to his job with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office about a year ago.

“I wanted to try and make a difference and help somebody,” said Davis.

While at the Regional Training Academy he heard about the “Be the Match” program.

It matches cancer patients with people who are willing to participate in potentially life-saving procedures like donating bone marrow… and stem cells .

Deputy Davis signed up.

“Cancer is something that has I think affected most everybody. It has definitely affected me. It’s affected my family,” shared Davis.

He felt a wave of emotions when he recently got the call that he was a match for peripheral blood stem cells.

“I was very very excited. A lot of nerves… a little nervous as well,” recalled Davis.

He had to inject himself with medication for 5 days before the donation at  the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston.

“I’m still under the impression that most people are genuinely good and I would like to see more people do that to help,” Davis explained.

Sheriff Jayson Richardson says he’s proud of Deputy Davis’ sacrifice.

“The type of people we like to have on board are people who are selfless who know that this is much bigger than just them and when they see those opportunities as Chris did… that they take them,” Sheriff Richardson explained.

“I wanted to try and save someone’s life… turn someone’s life around,” Davis shared. “And in my mind if I can do that for one person, it’s all worth it.”

Click here to learn more about the “Be the Match” program.

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