Two days ago there was a stem cell donor drive here at PenBay. We had a local representative of Be The Match with us, and we signed up just over 20 people to the registry. Thank you to everyone who helped!
Yesterday there was a stem cell donor drive at Adena Medical Center in my hometown, Chillicothe, Ohio. This was organized by my amazing mother. You might remember that she helped organize my sister’s wedding two years ago. It turns out she is a wicked good event planner! The Adena drive was a smashing success. My entire family was there swabbing people, and a representative from Be The Match was there as well. The bigwigs of the medical center did ceremonial swabbing. These are my Dad’s old stomping grounds, so Mom assigned him to the greeting table, and he socialized with his old colleagues all day long. Mom said there were nurses from the OR who said things like, “Dr. Jalbuena!!! When are you coming back?!” They signed up just over 100 people. Mom called me afterward full of spirit, love and joy at the connections she made and reaffirmed there. Thank you so much to everyone who worked on this!
A reporter from the NBC affiliate in Columbus was there as well, and they aired quite a long piece on the 11 o’clock news last night. You can watch it through this link.
Next up: donor drive at the James Cancer Center, Ohio State University Medical Center, Thursday, February 5th, 11am to 6pm. Amazing and thank you!
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.
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