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Good Blood: A @CreativSurvivor Joint

shahonna Grove
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03 Mar 2016

After returning home from a life saving stem cell transplant to treat Aplastic Anemia, MDS & PNH, Kevin McDevitt knew he had to do something to bring awareness to this problem, that few people were aware of.

Being a self-proclaimed “Closet rapper” for many years, who happened to marry a girl who “loves to sing” He knew what he had to do:

He had to come out of the closet.

And that’s just what he did.....

Shortly after Kevin McDevitt married the girl of his dreams, in the summer of 2014, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with two rare blood disorders, Aplastic Anemia and Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Soon after, he would receive a life saving stem cell transplant from his sister Meghan, who was a perfect match. McDevitt knew how lucky he was, and knew not everyone was able to find a perfect match so quickly.

Some waited months, years, and even died waiting for a suitable donor to save their lives.

After returning home from the hospital,  he knew he had to do something to bring awareness to this problem, that few people were aware of.

Being a self-proclaimed “Closet rapper” for many years, who happened to marry a girl who “loves to sing” He knew what he had to do:

He had to come out of the closet.

And that’s just what he did.

All the years of secretly honing his craft was about to pay off.

The result, is a hysterical Taylor Swift Parody video, entitled :”Good Blood” (after Swift’s wildly popular “Bad Blood”) that tells McDevitt’s story, while bringing much-needed attention to the need for bone marrow and stem cell donors. The end profiles patients who have received transplants and one (myself) who is still looking for a donor.

The video was featured in TIME Magazine as well as numerous other media outlets and has over 75,000 views just on YouTube alone. As a result, several people have signed up to be donors expanding the registry, and giving more patients hope.

The duo recently went on to win the prestigious Awareness Award From the National Marrow Donor Program. Not too shabby for a guy who was on his death-bed this time last year.

Thanks for coming out of the closet Kevin! We salute you!

Follow Kevin on his Blog :http://www.kevmcdev.com/ and on Twitter @CreativSurvivor

Watch #GoodBlood Here:https://youtu.be/ZHJbAjvZ5QE

 

Comments

Eleanor Baggley
09.03.2016

Thanks so much for sharing this Shahonna - what a fantastic video! Eleanor