Today is the day that my sister Nora and I celebrate every year. For Nora, it is the day that 25 years ago, as a 4 year old, she got the bone marrow transplant that saved her life. For me, it is the day that 25 years ago I was able to provide the life saving marrow.
I am 27 years old today – doing the math, that means I was only 2 years old when I became a bone marrow donor. Obviously it was not my decision and I do not even have any memory of it. However, if I was given the choice today, I would say yes without hesitation.
As Nora says every year on this day, there were so many people and organizations that contributed to her survival. Thank you to everyone who supported our family, supported cancer research, and who made our lives as they are today possible. Without you, I would not have a healthy, talented, funny, and vibrant older sister. I also would not be on the path I am today, so grateful for the blessings we’ve had and so eager to give back.
Below are a list of organizations that have contributed to our family’s health and happiness and are continuing to make life possible for families affected by cancer. Please consider supporting these organizations in any way that you can.
- American Cancer Society
- Special Love for Children with Cancer
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Make A Wish Foundation
- National Marrow Donor program – Be A Bone Marrow Donor