Be the Match for Dani

September 30th, 2021 by

Joe Bullard Automotive hosted a drive-up event with Be the Match in search of a bone marrow match for Dani Lorson on Friday, September 24 at Joe Bullard Cadillac.

As part of Joe Bullard’s Others First community campaign, the company hosted a drive-up event where individuals were able to complete a self-conducted cheek swab that was sent to Be the Match to see if they were a potential bone marrow match for Dani. Testing this takes a few weeks but the team is hopeful that through the Be the Match for Dani Drive, they will be able to find a match for Dani and many others fighting for their lives.

Dani Lorson is the daughter of one of Bullard’s long-time employees, Robin Stafford. Dani is a native of Mobile, AL where she graduated from McGill-Toolen and danced at Sheffield Dance Studio. For six and a half years, Dani has been fighting leukemia. This is the third time she has been in remission on her journey and will be her second stem cell transplant.

This time last year, Dani’s Be the Match donor was a 37-year-old male that saved her life. After a full year post-transplant, Dani received the devastating news that the Leukemia has returned to attack the two percent left of her own marrow. Doctors believe the best path forward is another stem cell transplant, but the current challenge is finding another match.

More about Be the Match

Be the Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can join the Be the Match Registry – the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units – contribute financially and volunteer. Patients and their families can also turn to Be the Match for support and resources before, during and after transplant. Be the Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. For more information, visit or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.


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