Officers Give Hope (OGH) is a multi-agency public safety effort dedicated to hosting marrow donor drives in the hopes of finding a match for those patients awaiting a life-saving transplant.
Officers Give Hope originally began in May of 2000 when Honolulu Police Captain Alvin Nishimura was diagnosed with leukemia and in need of a marrow transplant. Two unrelated donors were identified for Captain Nishimura, but both elected not to proceed through the process. A number of public safety agencies who also had members stricken with leukemia began hosting marrow donor drives in the hopes of finding their loved ones a life-saving match. Although another match was eventually found for Captain Nishimura, he later succumbed to the disease.
Officers Give Hope has volunteers from the Honolulu Police Department, Orange Police Department, Anaheim Police Department, Tustin Police Department, La Palma Police Department, Fremont Police Department, Cypress Police Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Highway Patrol. Originally, OGH's goal was to add 10,000 potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry. To date, they have far surpassed this goal by recruiting more than 15,000 donors to the Be The Match database. As a result of this tremendous effort, over 100 lives have been extended or saved. Of note, Anaheim Police Officer Guy Reneau is a marrow recipient and La Palma Police Officer Nick Johnson and Retired Orange Police Lieutenant John Whiteley are leukemia survivors. On November 7, 2008, Officers Give Hope was recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and received the inaugural National Marrow Donor Program National Service Award.
Currently, Officers Give Hope is working in partnership with UCI Medical Center to continue increasing the number of committed donors in the Registry. We are conducting drives throughout the State of California at various public safely facilities and other community events.