I was recently asked by fellow blogger, Kelly at I've Become My Mother to spread the word on a very important cause. She is trying to help save the life of a 16 year old girl who has been diagnosed with Myelodysplasia or MDS.
Haley is in need of a bone marrow transplant, but unfortunately getting a bone marrow match has become a challenge. There are no matches within Haley's family and the preliminary bone marrow data base search has been very discouraging. There may only be one potential match and at this point there is no word if the potential donor is still interested, still available, or if he/she is an appropriate match after the high resolution tests that still need to be performed (a family expense). Because time is critical, Haley's parents, family, and friends need to be proactive. They need to get word out that Haley needs a bone marrow match.
Please take a moment to read how you can be a donor and save a life. It's as easy as requesting a FREE kit from the world's largest bone marrow center, DKMS Americas. Donors can request kits from around the country on their website www.getswabbed.org/register. They will receive their free kit within 3 business days. Please request your kit today! I did.
Another request that I would like to put out there, is to send your thoughts, prayers, support and love to a family that I went to high school with. Their son, Graham, is the same age as Monkey and is one brave little boy. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) on February 22nd, 2011. He is currently being treated at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt in support of Super Graham, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to place your order. (T-shirts are 50% cotton/50% polyester and come in sizes Youth XS - L and Adult S - 2XL. $15 each.)
These amazing kids are already experiencing more challenges than most adults ever will. They need all the support we can give them.