Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This You Can Do

Helplessness.

That is a common feeling for those of us without cancer, as we watch our friends and family with cancer. Most of us can not perform surgery or develop new drugs. There are very few things we can do to save a life. But there is one thing we can do. Become a Bone Marrow Donor.

Burkitt's is a very aggressive cancer. In fact it's the fastest growing, doubling in size every 16 hours. Surgery and radiation can only temporary slow the cancer growth. Chemotherapy is the only effective choice. Because it is so aggressive, mega doses of chemo from virtually every family of chemo drugs are used in rapid succession. But our bodies tend to build resistance to the poison of chemo drugs. With less aggressive cancers, chemo drugs are changed when this resistance happens. But with Burkitt's everything has already been used. There are no further drug options. The only remaining choice is a bone marrow transplant.


That is Steven Measer's situation. Steve's sister is a co-working with my sister (small world). All of his chemo options are gone. Bone marrow transplant is the single remaining option. Unfortunately no one in Steven's family is a match. Nor are any of the 7 million people registered with the National Bone Marrow Registry. I'm registered, so I guess that includes me.


So now what? Well that one is easy. You to register as a donor. How many of us can say we have saved a life? The process is simply swiping the inside your cheek with a cotton swab. This is easy. If you are a match, the process is easy for the donor...similar to giving blood. You can save a life. How cool is that? To register, go to http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Join_the_Donor_Registry/index.html



Steven Measer


Cole Ruotsala is fighting hard. The doctors said more chemo would kill him, but without chemo the cancer would win within two weeks. So what do you do? You fight. You always fight. The chemo continues.


Stef, the master of perseverance, continues to stand tall, refusing to lose.


Brendan Kizar, Mason McLeod, Tristan Saputo, and Sinjin Andrukates...all have relapsed Burkitt's...all are going through the bone marrow process...all are fighting to win....all continue to make progress in their long battles.


TNT Update: 329 training miles run. 149 miles to run until the starting line, October 19th. This week-end run: 18 miles.








2 comments:

jerry said...

Kyle---if you run 3 miles against the wind today you will have done 18 miles total! Hope you didn't get blown away. Jerry

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