Sunday, May 10, 2009

a virtual donor drive for jasmina and kai

Like so many, I've been moved by six-year old Jasmina's desperate search to find a matched unrelated donor. For her aggressive form of leukemia, a bone marrow transplant holds the only hope of a cure.

Kai, who is four-years old, is also suffering from leukemia. He too is searching for a life-saving donor.

These two remarkable, resilient kids have inspired me. I contacted DKMS, which is coordinating the donor search for both Jasmina and Kai, to find out how I may be able to help. The result is this virtual donor drive.

So, I need your help. If you're healthy, I hope that you will register to become a bone marrow donor. Even if you are not found to be a match for Jasmina or Kai, you may be the single hope that someone else has been waiting for. To register, all it takes is a cheek swab. The testing kit it mailed right to your doorstep. Just mail it back. It only takes one person to save a life.

As the fortunate recipient of an anonymous donor's selfless generosity, I can speak firsthand about how critical this period is right now to these two precious kids and their families.

In order to register as a donor you must first check to see if you are eligible, then you must read about the commitment involved to ensure that you understand what it means to register as a bone marrow donor.

Once you have done this, send an email to stating that you are eligible and understand your commitment. Please include the following drive code: DBC001.

Though I have not yet had the great honor of meeting the individual, who saved this stranger's life, I hope our paths will cross in the not-to-distant future. Just think: you may be the match for Jasmina, Kai, or someone else. Please spread the word!


Comment Blogger Miss Melanoma said...

You look great, D! Thanks for the info and the great post. Keep in touch,


8:38 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I will. :) Thanks for your kindness.

7:55 PM  

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