Thursday, September 10, 2009

would you?

A childhood friend of mine has been diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a debilitating blood disease that at times has left her covered in bruises, beyond exhausted while she continues to care for her young child. She is currently going through her 2nd round of chemotherapy treatments. The hitch is this, she needs to find a bone marrow match because the chemo treatments were unsuccessful. There have been quite a few drives held to try and find a match, but they have yet to find one that matches all 10 DNA traits.

my question is simple.
would you?
could you?
...swab the inside of your cheek and see if you might be her match?

i know. you have heard all the stories about bone marrow being so painful...but did you know 80 percent of the time, the donor will undergo an apheresis procedure: one needle will be injected into each arm and blood will be drawn from the left? The blood will go through a machine to retrieve T-cells, immature blood-forming cells. The rest of the blood is returned to the right arm.

The other 20 percent of the time, a hollow needle is used to withdraw liquid marrow from a patient's hip bone.

Donating is simple.

Go to and register for your FREE kit by entering the code: Summerhope

Her story can be read here:

if you are so inclined...please pass this story on. the more people that register, the better.

she's a mom like me.

she's a daughter like me.

she's a friend.

you could save her life.

please get swabbed.

1 comment:

  1. Yes joni, the code still works, but I am pretty sure that it will no longer be free for anyone mid september. Around Sept 20th. There really is a limited time. I really like how you presented it too, good job.