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See those beautiful girls? Bone marrow besties!
As most everyone knows, Ava received a life-saving bone marrow transplant on 1/7/11. Today, nearing her 7th anniversary (ReBirthday) she is healthy, happy and strong! Ava's perfect marrow match was a (previously) anonymous ANGEL on the national registry...the wonderful Michelle Thomas! She is one of the many selfless souls who give of themselves to complete strangers. A needle in a haystack we never would have found were it not for Be the Match.
Ava and I are once again participating in the Be the Match Walk+Run in Long Beach CA on 11/18 to benefit Be the Match - the National Bone Marrow Registry. As this organization has had a direct and profound effect on our lives, we are paying it forward and doing all we can to help!
Be the Match provides many services: helping patients with uninsured transplant costs, supporting transplant research and adding more potential marrow donors to the registry. In our case, I think the best part is that Be the Match covered all the costs to make it easy for Michelle to say YES. Her only "costs" were physical and emotional (which are not to be discounted for sure).
We all have our causes - and fate dropped this one in my lap. I MUST help. I know you have a lot of worthy causes to consider donating your money to, but I would be ever grateful if you would consider making a small donation to this awesome organization. Your tax-deductible contribution will make a difference in the lives of many!
Thank you so much! Janet
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Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, need a marrow transplant to survive. Most patients don’t have a fully matched donor in their family — and that’s when they turn to Be The Match®. By participating in a Be The Match Walk+Run, or donating funds, you are providing life-saving support to those patients in need. Do right, join the fight.