As Rebecca Little's mother, I know all too well the fears and challenges faced by transplant patients and their families during the emotional fight for survival. Each treatment, each test and scan, requires a new focus and a greater resolve to rally and win the battle.
Rebecca had a deep love for people and aspired to make everyone's day a little brighter. She dreamed of making the world a better place, and she did. It was her unshakeable faith and passion for life that motivated her to fight - to win against lymphoma.
Over many years, Rebecca's spirit, courage, and strength increased and gave her many more precious moments with us. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but her light continues to shine. Her smile and grace will be remembered by many that she touched, and her legacy lives on.
Rebecca was passionate about Be The Match's life-saving mission. It is part of the legacy that was given to her, the chance at life through a stem cell match from a non-related donor. She wanted to make it easier on other patients and their families, so they could focus on healing.
- Many patients are required to stay in the hospital and then nearby for about 100 days, with treatment and recovery lasting 3-6 months.
- Patients must be accompanied by a full-time caregiver, who is often unable to work.
- On average, out-of-pocket expenses exceed household income by $1600 per month for 3-6 months.
We ask that you continue to support this great organization. Your support may be in the form of
1) praying for a cure for the victims of blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma
2) joining the registry through http://join.bethematch.org
3) honoring the legacy of Rebecca and her donor by easing the financial burden of those going through the struggles of getting a new chance at life and making a donation to the Rebecca Little Patient Assistance Endowment Fund. To begin is simple, just click on the "Make a Gift" button above.
Thankfully, there was a stranger out there who registered and was willing to donate in the hope of saving Rebecca's life, but there are thousands out there who still need a match. All it takes is a swab of your cheek and a willingness to donate, and you could save someone's life. Her doctors at Emory University Hospital/ Winship Cancer Center and the world-renown experts from MD Anderson, Memorial-Sloan Kettering, and Columbia/NY Presbyterian and so many others continue to fight for many to beat their blood cancers.
As a mother, I will of course never fully understand why my daughter’s precious life was so short. What I do know is that, if it is to make any sense at all here on earth, I have an obligation, along with those who were affected by her, to do more than she could have ever done on her own.
Show mercy! Choose joy! Support Be The Match!
Did you know a marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible contribution. Your gift delivers cures to patients desperate for a second chance at life. Every dollar counts. Together, we can make a difference! Thank you!