November is here, and I turn 40 years old in a few weeks! Thinking on the 39 years I’ve been on this planet, I'm acutely aware of how close I was to never seeing this birthday, to never being able to marry the love of my life, or see my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, or meet my beautiful Niece.
Every day, every year is a gift. This year, I want to give back to the organization who helped get me here: Be the Match, the national bone marrow donor registry. From today through November 28, this personal fundraiser will be open for donations to this organization who is instrumental in saving the lives of so many blood cancer and sickle cell patients. Even $1 helps - seriously.
Be the Match uses funds to assist patients who cannot afford a transplant, for raising awareness, matching patients with prospective donors and adding new donors to the registry. I would be grateful if you would consider donating hope to the tens of thousands of blood cancer patients currently struggling to survive. No amount is too small.
Thank you so much for your generosity. God's blessings be with you!
p.s. In case you're wondering what "Day Zero" refers to in the title, it's the name used in the medical community to indicate the first day of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. In preparation, your body undergoes a chemo treatment that permanently destroys your immune system - the same immune system that has malfunctioned, creating the abnormal cells that caused the Leukemia. After successful completion, you're ready for Day Zero, the day you recieve your donor's marrow (or stem cells, in my case,) and a new journey begins. Your donor's immune system becomes your own. The hope is that the new immune system won't "malfunction," (for lack of a better way of putting it,) as your biological immune system did, and will produce healthy, normal blood cells - as well as seek and destroy any cancer cells that may be hiding in your body.