Most of you who read this blog are parents. I am sure that you can all relate to the excitement of pregnancy and the newborn stages, particularly if there is a struggle to get pregnant in the first place. You can probably all remember the first time you saw your baby, held her in your arms, marveled at the smallness of fingers and toes, and got that first smile and giggle.
I know that I do.
Imagine a story that may go something like this… After struggling for years to get pregnant, Alex and Lindsey Boggan finally had their beautiful baby girl, Kate.
Perfect in every way and a joy for her family. Then, on June 6, 2011, at 10 months old Kate received a devastating diagnosis of a very rare form of bone marrow failure. A bone marrow transplant from a stranger is her only chance at survival. Kate has a 4 in 10 chance at finding that match.
Most people can not relate to such devastating news for someone so small, so helpless, and so undeserving of everything that comes with such a diagnosis. I have been lucky that my own children are happy and healthy, but close friends and millions of other Americans have not been so lucky.
Leukemia & other bone marrow failures are the number cause of death for children in the U.S. Every day thousands of patients search the national registry hoping to find a bone marrow donor match but only 4 out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant
Looking for a bone marrow donor is not solely the domain of children. A good friend here in Portland has been working to educated our community on the importance of registering to be a bone marrow donor. Her mother needs a bone marrow transplant. A grandmother who will not be able to see her grandchildren graduate middle school, high school, college, get married, any number of life events if she does not find a match.
Again, only 4 out of 10.
Very different stories, but these are real people that are dealing with this unknowing every single day whether a stranger will become a match. The great news is, is that there are so many easy ways that you can help. You can make a difference in baby Kate’s life. You can make a difference in a young grandmother’s life in my own community.
What do you have to do?
Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life.
- Check if you are eligible to become a bone marrow donor.
- DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center is urging everyone nationwide to sign up for a registration kit online at www.GetSwabbed.org in the hopes of finding a bone marrow match for 10-month-old Kate Boggan and all the others like her. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant.
- Find a donor drive near you. I know there are several this weekend.
If you are ineligible to donate, you can still make a difference.
- Join a Be The One Run from Be The Match. Our Portland race is this Sunday, the 17th and there are races scheduled at different times throughout the country.
- Donate to a Be The One Run participant or team’s fundraising efforts.
- Donate directly to the work that DKMS and Be The Match are doing to save lives.
I really want to support this cause. I want to support this sweet little girl. I want to support my friend who is running on Sunday for Be The Match. I want to raise awareness about how easy it is to get swabbed and how relatively easy it is to be a bone marrow donor. The easiest of all may be the gift of donations and educating others.
I have some wonderful little organic goodies (adult and children’s books, baby tees, and all sorts of mama and baby items) lying around from my old shop and other marketing purposes. I am going to make a fun little grab bag to giveaway.I’ll let the winner(s) give me some input too.
The more entries there are, the more I will give away – so start spreading the news.
Enter to Win: Visit the above links and leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you have learned about bone marrow transplants or bone marrow donation.
I won’t tell you to register to be a bone marrow donor, that is a big decision and a personal one. I won’t tell you to help the cause in any way, although if you can educate yourself that is only helping the cause. I would love if the very least you could do is spread the word about how easy it is to “get swabbed.” The best thing we can do to make sure Kate gets a match is to educate ourselves and our friends.
Additional Entries (leave a comment for each entry):
- Leave a meaningful comment on any other post. (1 entry each, unlimited)
- Share this post via Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon. (1 entry each, limited to 3 a day)
Contest Deadline: July 31 @ 9 pm PST.
Contest eligibility and fine print: Open to all US residents that are not me. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond, so make sure I have a valid email address. Email addresses will not be sold or used in any other way than to notify the winner.