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 info@dkmsamericas.org 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!

2 Comments:

Comment Blogger Miss Melanoma said...

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

MM

8:38 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I will. :) Thanks for your kindness.

7:55 PM  

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