Welcome to Team PAIGE
"Nothing heals the spirit...like the scent of a rose"
Hello friends and supporters,
I wanted to share with you what a great year we have had so far! We have recruited like crazy and last month reached 10 million donors on our Be The Match registry – a lot of that hard work is thanks to you. Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to reach this wonderful milestone.
With that, we NEED YOUR HELP! I have set a personal goal to raise $10,000 more before the end of the summer to offset the cost of the tissue typing of the donors we have recruited. It costs about $100 to tissue type each person but donations of ANY amount make a difference. There are a few ways you can HELP:
- Make a donation on this team PAIGE (click "make a gift" to your right)
- Text match 105 to 50555 to donate $10 (please confirm your donation with a “yes”)
- HOST A FUNDRAISER! We are always looking for creative and fun ways to raise money and we need willing helpers to make it happen. If you have any ideas, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to sincerely thank you all for your dedication and hard work toward Be The Match – together, we help save lives.
Welcome to my team PAIGE! My name is Paige Morrison and I work for the Be The Match Registry in Southern California. I am the newest employee around here but have known about the National Marrow Donor Program from many years now.
My beautiful Aunt Cindie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in early 1999. It was right after the holidays; she was feeling fatigued and found bruising all over. She naturally thought it was the aftermath of entertaining so many people but she saw her doctor anyway. She was immediately admitted into the hospital after being diagnosed with leukemia.
She fought long and hard for a year and a half. As soon as she found out she needed a bone marrow transplant, the entire family went to see if they matched her; unfortunately no one did. My parents and I wanted to do anything we could so we contacted City of Hope Hospital where she was a patient. We set up a blood and marrow drive at the Claremont Colleges; we got close to 90 units of blood and registered nearly 40 new potential marrow donors.
Unfortunately my aunt passed away in July of 2000. Through our grieving, we wondered what the point of doing our drive was anymore since our reason for doing it was gone. But then we realized that’s exactly why we needed to continue – for everyone else who was experiencing the helpless feeling we had. We have since had a marrow match come from our annual family-run drive (which is coming up on its twelfth year!).
Even though my lovely aunt Cindie is gone, others have benefitted from the generosity of strangers.
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