Spreading the Word: A Round of Thanks

It’s not fun to see my wife in pain with multiple myeloma, but whenever I start to feel alone in this struggle I think about all the people, groups and organizations who are standing by us and helping us to search for the bone marrow match Tracy needs. We are not alone, not by a longshot! If I were to name every single person who has buoyed us in some way in over the last six months, I’d have a very long list! Come to think of it, at some point I really should right down the names of every person standing behind us and give a hearty shout out of thanks. For today, I’d like to give thanks to some organizations that have stood behind us helped us in our search for a match.

Every day we are supported by the National Marrow Donor Program and its constant “Be the Match” drive online. Every day brings a new dose of hope that Tracy will find a match, thanks to all those with the program who are constantly working to bring new people into the National Bone Marrow Registry, any one of whom could be her match.

A big, hearty, greatful thanks also goes out to the Ohio State University Department of Emergency Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Dr. Trudy Singzon and the Asian American Donor Program in the San Francisco bay area of California as they mount bone marrow registry drives. They could help Tracy, and together they’re sure to help someone in need.

Balitang America, the Diocese of Columbus, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and Totem for sharing news stories online and offline about Tracy and the need for people to join the bone marrow registry. Every story you have shared about Tracy multiplies the effect. You have done so much more than we could do alone.

Finally, a broad smile to Midcoast Family Dentistry, a wonderful group of people who have taken care of my family’s teeth for years, who just delivered a basket of warmth and kindness to our family.

Thank you to everyone who has heard of our struggles and helped us and reminded us that there are so many people in this world who care. This means so much to me, and I’ll never forget your kindness.

Be the Match for Tracy and her family.

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4 responses to “Spreading the Word: A Round of Thanks

  1. My son, now 11 years old, was dxed with ph+ ALL at the age of 4. He needed a bone marrow transplant, and I , his father, was a match. He received my marrow in January of 2008.
    I know the odds of me being a match in this case may be minuscule, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

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  2. Hi Tracy- is there an age limitation to be a donor or try to be one? Adena Hospital is having a drive next week.
    Thanks! Amy

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  3. The age for registering on Be The Match is 18-60. The cost of adding someone to the registry is $100. For people between the ages of 18-44, this fee is paid for by Be The Match, and the person doesn’t pay anything. Between the ages 45-60, the registrant pays the $100. The reason for this is that transplants are more successful the younger the donor is, so doctors almost always choose donors 44 or younger. Be The Match accordingly is trying to encourage younger people to join the registry by waiving the fee for them.

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