Friday, December 11, 2009

the gift of life

i was sitting down at the ole computer, ready to share all the fascinating details of the "company" christmas party (a company, technically, anthony isn't even a part of but fortunately shares office space with and therefore we are included in all the fun that abounds and embraced by all the beautiful family members)...

i was going to tell you all about the adorable kids

the life of the party
the pizza, the gifts, the sugar high...
but then i got an email from my dear friend cara, who happens to be a nurse in a cancer ward at a hospital in seattle. and it really got me to thinking.

she was telling me about the bone marrow registry. and how, right now, you can register to be a bone marrow donor for free. (it usually costs around $50). and its super easy. you go to this website, fill out some information. they send a packet in the mail for you to swab your cheek and you send it back in a postage paid envelope. simple, really. and yet, it could save someones life. quite an important opportunity if you think about.

and actually, i haven't really thought about it before. i've heard about it, of course. and thought that it might be painful and pretty involved. but never really gave it much direct thought.

the thing is, i've also never had to sit and watch one of my children suffer from cancer and pray that a bone marrow match would be found. but if i did, i can only imagine what i would tell the current me. get over yourself and please make an effort to save a life.

so, please, on behalf of those who are desperate for hope, give a little of yourself this christmas. go here.

pass it on.


Joanna said...

I'm so glad you posted about this Stephanie, I've always wanted to do this. I can't wait to get my kit!

Cara said...

Thanks for sharing this Stephanie! My brother and I just sent our packets in!