San Antonio mom who inspired others to join bone marrow registry passes away

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Taylor Castro and family (Photos courtesy GenCure Communications / Castro family)

UPDATE: Taylor Castro, a young mother of three who bravely fought cancer, has died.

In the months before her death, Castro shared her story with thousands of people, in hopes that some would sign up as bone marrow donors.

"Even if I can't find my match," she wrote 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."
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A local mother of three fighting cancer is sharing her story on social media, hoping that it leads to saving a person's life, even if it's not her own.

Taylor Castro's story first garnered attention late last year, when she went public with her fight.

She is an employee at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and she already knew the plight of cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Then, just six months after the birth of her youngest child, Taylor she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Last week, doctors told her the cancer was spreading fast and she would have to travel to Houston for the next round of care. She kissed her three children goodbye and does not know when she'll see them again.

Even as she continues to fight, Taylor is urging people to sign up to be a bone marrow donor.

"Even if I don’t find a match, if more people join the registry, another patient will," she said in a statement.

That message also resonates through Taylor's Facebook page, which is documenting her journey.

"We know how many of you love Taylor and are praying and rooting for her to beat this Cancer. We want you to be as involved and updated as we are. We appreciate you all so much," reads the latest post. "Thank you for registering on Be The Match. It is a blessing to know how many lives will be saved because of Taylor's story. Thank you to all who registered and those who will register in the future."

If you would like to register to become a bone marrow donor, click here.

If you would like to follow Taylor's journey on Facebook, click here. You can also contribute to Taylor's GoFundMe page here.