Why this is Important to us:
It was July of 2014, the Niehuser clan (except Kelsey) and Shaekira were gathering in Las Vegas to celebrate Shaekira's 30th birthday and the boys wanted to attend a conference. We noticed some weird bruises on Meggy's (Aaron's youngest sister) arms and legs. When we returned from Vegas, Meggy went in to have some blood work done just in case. Several days later her doctor called and said she had to get to the hospital immediately. Several tests and one traumatizing bone marrow biopsy later Meggy was diagnosed with MDS, a type of leukemia. Over the next month this progressed to AML, a more aggressive form of leukemia. After months of chemo, countless bone marrow biopsies, and the doctors trying to find the perfect donor, Meggy finally got her life saving transplant in February of 2015. This past year has been crazy. But it has taught us a lot and helped strengthen our relationship. We are so grateful for the Be the Match program and the chance at life it has given to our little Meggy. Before we walk down the aisle in October, we get to watch Meggy & her amazing fiance, Brian say "I do" this August. A wedding that would not have been possible without the Be the Match Foundation.
So please help us raise awareness for this life saving program. Consider signing up to be a donor or making a tax deductible donation. You could be the life saving match someone is looking for.
Meggy, Brian & Lesa talking about Be the Match on KATU (warning: have Kleenex ready)
Just in case you have a few Kleenex left:
How YOU can help:
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.
Want to Be a donor?
Follow this link to sign up. Super Easy!
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from community members to further its mission. Proceeds will help add potential donors to the Be The Match Registry®. I hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!
Please help me reach my 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!