Change the Date!

Hey there, Omaha golfers. They changed the date for the Tiburon Golf tournament supporting Leukemia & Lymphoma and Jessa Salvador.  If you were booked on Friday, maybe Saturday, September 29, 2012 will work better. Check out Golf and a Cause for more details.

Not in Omaha, but want to help? Become a bone marrow donor through Be the Match and tell everyone you know to do the same. It’s a very easy process, and the best part is that you could save someone’s life. (If you’re pregnant, you can even donate your baby’s cord blood!) Here are some statistics about bone marrow transplants:

  • Only 30 percent of patients who need a bone marrow transplant have a matching donor in their families.
  • The remaining 70 percent must hope that a compatible stranger can be found using the national registry.
  • At any given time, about 7,500 Americans are actively searching the national registry for an unrelated donor.
  • Only 2 percent of population is on the national registry.
  • A significant number of those on the national bone marrow registry cannot be located or will not donate when asked to do so.  The percentages of donors who are available and willing are:  65 for Caucasians; 47 percent for Hispanics; 44 percent for Asians; 34 percent for African-Americans.
  • African-American patients find an unrelated donor 25 percent of the time.
  • Asian patients find a donor about 40 percent of the time.
  • Hispanic patients find a donor about 45 percent of the time.
  • Caucasian patients find a donor about 75 percent of the time.
  • Multi-racial people face the worst odds.

Once my niece completes her treatments, she’ll go into remission. If her cancer were to ever return, the doctors will go straight to a bone marrow donor for a transplant. No one in her immediate family is a match. Right now, she only has one match in the entire country.

What unforgettable gift have you ever received from  a total stranger?

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