Within days of posting about Kate's diagnosis, I received a wonderful e-mail from an amazing woman! Over the past 5 weeks, I have gotten to know that woman - her name is Erika, and she works for DKMS Americas. Erika has answered questions, provided resources, and acted as a knowledgeable support for me while trying to figure out what we can do to help not just Kate, but others in need of a bone marrow transplant.
DKMS is an organization that devotes all of the time and energy into any and everything related to bone marrow donation/ donors in order to save lives. Through generous donations, DKMS is able to cover the cost of processing the tests (a simple cheek swab) required to join the registry!
DKMS is working with our friends and family and is helping my sister, brother in law, and their church family hold our first bone marrow drive in Kate's name.
Here are the details:
Bone Marrow Drive
Sunday, July 17, 2011
10am - 1pm
If you are in the Central Florida area, know someone in the Central Florida area, or will be visiting Disney World and want to drive an hour to help save a life (kidding...kind of!) please consider stopping by FMU Ocala and becoming a donor.
I know there are a lot of myths surrounding the bone marrow donation process so please, take some time, browse the DKMS website, and educate yourself!!
And, for those of you that are not in Florida, and want to help, I have great news!! Becoming a donor is very easy! All you have to do it click the widget below, make sure you meet the donor requirements, fill out your information, and wait for your kit to come in the mail! Once it arrives, all you have to do is swab your cheek, and send the kit back to the lab!
The neat thing about this widget is that it will track how many people join the registry in Kate's honor!
I have a goal of 200 new donors signing up between the drive in Ocala and people joining via the link here!
Do you think that is attainable? I sure hope so! And I hope each and every one of you will considering joining the registry to help us meet our goal!