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5.08.2006

Lisa White Needs Your Help


me & lisa
Originally uploaded by iamrob.
This is my friend Lisa White (and that's my other friend Rob on her left). A few weeks ago, Lisa was healthy, newly pregnant, and engaged to be married. Things could not have been better. And then life took a left turn, as she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and is now undergoing intensive chemotherapy in Atlanta.

But chemo isn't cutting it.

She has an extremely rare abnormality on her chromosomes, which translates to an aggressive type of leukemia. Simply put, she must have a bone marrow transplant.

Lisa has always been a sweet and kind person, profoundly cool, and the type who can make everyone she talks to feel like they are the most important person in the world. And now she needs your help. There are several things you can do.

To date, only one potential marrow donor match has been found in the United States, and that person hasn't yet been located. But who knows, you could be a match. There's no way to know without getting tested.

Testing is easy and painless. I've done it, and I'm a total wimp. All you need to do is simply swipe the inside of your cheek with a cotton swab, and send it to the registry. You can even order a kit off the Interweb and mail it back in. You don't even have to leave the apartment.

Feel like venturing out? On Mother's Day, fittingly, there is a national blood and bone marrow drive. It runs from the 12th - the 14th, so you've got no excuse for not getting out there.

And if you've registered before, but it's been a while, it's important that the registry be able to find you. Be sure that your contact information is up to date

You can also help financially. A transplant will cost more than three million dollars, of which her insurance will only cover 80 percent. Rob set up a dropcash campaign to help cover some of those costs, and to cover the cost ($55) of registering to become a bone marrow donor for those who need it.

Feeling active? Want to burn off some energy? Or, like me, have you become a tremendous fat-ass as of late due to a sedentary lifestyle and Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy? You might consider shedding that spare tire by signing up to participate with Team in Training. For my New Year's resolution, I vowed to train for, compete in and complete a triathlon. But due to Ben (or maybe Jerry, damn you Jerry!), I've been lacking all willpower to actually get off my duff. Team in Training can help you get in shape, while you help others to live.

Finally, if you live in Atlanta, the easiest thing to do is to donate platelets at the Atlanta Blood Center (404.459.8742). It doesn't matter what type of blood you have. If you can call ahead, the Center will coordinate donations with Lisa’s needs in order to maximize the 72 hour life of platelets. But, if Lisa doesn’t need them within their 72 hour lifespan, someone else will so any and all donations are appreciated.

Go Lisa.


3 comments


Thanks for posting, Mat, and thanks to you and Harper for your love and support to Lisa and to me.
-- noted Blogger Kool Bobby : 10:06 AM




Mat,

About 2 years ago I registered for Phillip Schardein and I am in the registry....I hope that I can help and I know that it is a long shot but I wholeheartedly agree with the effort for everyone to register their blood and and hopefully we can save a life...may I be a donor...I hope
-- noted Anonymous Katherine Ford : 6:18 PM




Thanks Katherine. That was when I registered also.
-- noted Blogger mat : 6:22 AM


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