Create Your Own 2019

Celebrating 5 years with special friends on April 3, 2019          (John Costin is in the coral sweater!)
Celebrating 5 years with special friends on April 3, 2019 (John Costin is in the coral sweater!)

Simply Save a Life

We're back and ready to help raise money so we can add more donors to the registry!  In 2016, we raised over $35,000 (thanks to our friends and the wonderful people in St. Clair, MI).  And so far we have added over 200 new donors! This year we are introducing “Be the Match” to Cheboygan, Michigan, and we are hoping to raise $3000 and add 30 new donors to help save a life like John’s!

But it doesn’t have to happen just in Cheboygan! Through this page, you can order a donor kit for free and or make a donation!

Together we can do it! We have a great event in Cheboygan that we would love to invite you to! Read below for more information! You can help us save a life!


John’s Story


This year, John and I celebrated 5 years since his stem cell transplant. We're overwhelmingly grateful to be able to move forward with our lives knowing that John is healthy.
In December of 2013, John was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. In the beginning we were told we had no hope, but to our relief, we soon learned he was a candidate for a stem cell transplant. It was during that time, between when we found out there was a way to save John and when they came to us with news of a donor, that we learned the importance of Be the Match. A complete stranger gave us back our life together. Now, we want to help others who need that same precious gift.
For more about John’s journey, visit: www.simplymarcella.com/John


Be Someone’s Hero


Celebrating our personal success, however, doesn't mean we don't remember what it was like to learn our life together depended on finding a match for John in a database of strangers. Fortunately for us, there was someone out there who could give us hope, our personal hero. Our hero is Constantin, a 26- year old man who joined the registry and saved John’s life! We met Constantin in May of 2016.


Not everyone is lucky enough to have a hero. Not everyone can find a match. We need to change that, and you can help.


For 70% of those in need of a transplant, no one in their family will be a match. Be the Match is part of the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. 70% of the time, there may be nothing family members can do, but there is help, and there is hope.
Each and every one of us has the power to be someone’s hero. You, right now, can give someone back their hope. All it takes is a simple cheek swab or a heartfelt donation of money or time.  It isn’t painful, it isn’t difficult, and it can even be fun, especially if you attend one of our Be the Match events.


Our Events
Simply Save a Life Kentucky Derby Fundraising Event - Our 3nd "Simply Save a Life" Fundraising Event to be held at The Queens Head and Simply Marcella in Cheboygan, MI on May 4, 2019. If you would like an invitation, please contact us at 231.445.7100 or visit https://simplymarcella.com/shop/events/simply-save-a-life

To join the Be The Match Registry, access the following link to register and a kit will then be mailed to you: 

https://join.bethematch.org/SIMPLYSAVEALIFE

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Did you know?

A bone marrow transplant can be a cure for patients with blood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Seventy percent of patients do not have a fully matched donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor.

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