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On October 12th, 2016 my daughter, Abby, received a life saving stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. At two months old she was diagnosed with Leukemia. After months of chemotherapy, her best chance of survival was to undergo the stem cell transplant. Be the Match's registry found three potential live donors and a cord blood donor-- cord blood was the best match.
Today, Six months post-transplant Abby is cancer free!
Everyday I wake up grateful for the mom who donated her baby's umbilical cord. Her selfless act saved my daughter's life! Without her, I don't know where we would be. Abby has fought long and hard. I'm beyond proud of her and so lucky to be her mom. I cherish her second chance at life everyday.
I will be running in honor of my daughter and the mother who saved Abby's life. Although I do not know her, she's always in my thoughts.
Please help reach my fundraising goal of $400. The money we raise will:
Help add volunteer marrow donors,Help patients with transplant costs; andFund research -- providing cures to more patients.
Every dollar raised will go to Be the Match's life saving efforts. Any amount big or small is appreciated.
If you cannot donate, please consider joining the registry. YOU can save a life!
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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.