Tonight I can only think of two words that seem appropriate - Thank You! Today in Rome, New York the Cancer Is Not An Option benefit was held in honor of our family and it was a HUGE success. My Mom and Dad, along with lots of other family, friends and local business owners organized the event and they did an amazing job. They sold tickets for admission, they had over 50 baskets and items that were sold in a silent auction, my cousin Jaimie a massage therapist sold one minute chair massages, the Be The Match registry came and held a donor drive - 79 new donors were added to the registry today, there was food and drinks, music and much more. I wish that our family could have been there in person, but we used Skype and we had a video call where we could see what was going on during the event and talk to a few people. WKTV news was there and they did a story and short video, click here to view a video from the benefit and my Mom explaining why it is so important to be on the national donor registry.
While it is to late to find an adult donor for me as my transplant is approaching soon, it is not to late for thousands of other people who need a donor. Since my relapse in June, between the bone marrow drive that was held here in which 74 donors new donors were registered, and the benefit today where they registered 79 new donors and the numerous family members, friends and friends of friends who ordered online kits, there has been close to 200 new donors added because I have Leukemia. If there was a reason why I was proud to have leukemia, it would be only this reason. So many others were potentially helped due to my sickness, and that is great news in a scary situation. I even saw on the Be The Match regisry website tonight that they are accepting donations of cord blood from newborns, which is what I am going to have as my transplant. I hope that one day it is mandatory if you are not going to save and bank the cord blood for your baby that you donate it and it is saved for those who need life saving transplants.
There are many more things to say to those who helped make this event possible, but the two that still seem most appropriate and sum it all up are THANK YOU! You took your time and ideas and worked together pouring your heart and soul into planning, organizing and fundraising for the past three months and you created a wonderful event and a day in which so many benefited, we can't say it enough - THANK YOU!
I will be sure to post more photos and videos as I receive them. If you have not registered to be a donor yet but would like to, please visit the Be The Match Registry and order your kit online today.