Tuesday, February 17, 2009

To Save A Life

Leave nothing on the table. That expression never meant so much until I meet all these kids fighting cancer. They fight with everything they have. They never give up. One of the most heart breaking experiences when that child that has far more fight than doctors have cures.

As bad is that is, I believe the worst possible situation is when there is an answer...but it is unobtainable. One of the options out there, in many cases the only option, is a bone marrow transplant. But 60%-70% of kids requiring a bone marrow transplant do not have a suitable donor in their own family. That is when the National Bone Marrow Registry comes into play. They have a data base of 11 million potential donors. But matches are still hard to come by. Many kids lay in their hospital beds waiting for a match.

Seth Harris is 11 years old, and was diagnosed with cancer a few months before Tyler. Then, again few months before Tyler, Seth beat down the cancer and was able to move into the maintenance stage of his treatment. He was now in remission.

Unfortunately, as happens far to often, Seth relapsed on January 15th of this year. This time the cancer is in his central nervous system. Now he needs a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, no acceptable matches were found in his family. The National Bone Marrow Registry was contacted. Finally, just two weeks ago, the family was contacted and told a suitable match had been found. But when the registered donor was contacted, the person was either unable or unwilling to donate (potential donors are anonymous, so the reason will never be known).

Seth is now back to ground zero. So now it is up to the rest us. Medical science has discovered the cure. The doctors know the skills and techniques for the procedure. The hospital has the facilities, and the cost is covered. Everything needed is in place the save Seth's life. That is everything, except the donor. Are you registered? Can you help Seth? 11 million registered potential donors are unable to help. But you might be the one. You may be the match.

What is the best thing you have done today? Given a kind word to someone? Left a nice tip at lunch? Maybe you told someone you love them, or gave someone a hug. Possibly you helped someone carry groceries, or helped an old lady cross the street. How about this as a suggestion...Save a life. Save the life of an innocent child fighting to live. Did you know this was possible? You could be the miracle that changes the life of an entire family. I can think of nothing better to do today. Can you?

You can go here: National Bone Marrow Registry. Save a life. How cool is that?

To register is simple. They send you a cotton swab to swipe the inside of you mouth. If you are fortunate enough to be a match, the procedure is easy (for the donor). It is similar to that of donating blood. What greater gift can you offer the world today?

Seth Harris


Anonymous said...

You've convinced both my husband and me to register...THANK YOU!!

communications said...


I thought you might fnd the website www.lymphomas.org.uk useful

Anonymous said...

After reading your blog over Christmas, our entire family registered as donors. We told another family on our street who also follows your blog, and they all registered as well.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention

Anonymous said...

$52. could be keeping decent honest people who would love to help from even registering as a bone marrow donor and greed is not the culprit. It is instead unemployment. There are people who have been out of work for months. They are losing their homes and their own health insurance but still want to help. What can we do about this unfortunate problem?

Lori said...

It is hard for me to imagine that you would join the registry and then NOT donate when called. In my opinion it is horrific. I cannot imagine it. We were blessed that a stranger donated for Cameron's second transplant. I would feel honored to be called. Thanks for continuing to encourage others to register.