Sunday, February 20, 2011

Swab Your Cheek; Save a Life

A one year-old girl needs a bone marrow transplant, and we can all help.

All it takes is a cheek swab to be placed in the bone marrow registry. It's quick and painless to register; it is, however, a commitment. But imagine, for a moment, how you would feel if you were in Ayelet's parents' place. Wouldn't you want everyone you've ever met, as well as everyone they've ever met, to see if they're a perfect match?

Here are the details: (ALTHOUGH THIS INFORMATION PERTAINS TO NYC, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU'RE LOCATED. SEE BELOW)

"Ayelet, our lovable one year old daughter, was recently diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disorder and will need a bone marrow transplant. We're searching for a perfect match and need your help.

"Here are some ways you can help us out:

   1. You and everyone you know can get your cheeks swabbed at the bone marrow drive taking place at the YU Seforim Sale this week (details below)
   2. If you think you are already in the registry, double check here: https://www.giftoflife.org/Public/quickcheck/default.aspx
      http://www.giftoflife.org/dc/Ayelet-Galena/blog.aspx
   3. If you banked your child's chord blood and would consider donating it in the event that it is match- please be in touch with us
   4. Forward this email to everyone you know.

"BONE MARROW DRIVE DETAILS
Yeshiva University - Seforim Sale
Belfer Hall, Weissberg Commons
2945 Amsterdam Ave

# Sunday, Feb. 20, till 9:00 PM
# Saturday, Feb. 26, 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Sunday, Feb. 27, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

In addition, the following drives will be held:

Tuesday, February 22
9:=0 AM to 9:00 PM
Stern College, Stern Lobby
245 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Wednesday, February 23
9:00 AM to 9:00AM
Yeshiva University, Rubin Hall
2501 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY"

*Even if you don't live in NY, there are other ways to participate.  Go to http://www.marrow.org/index.html, and find out where a bone marrow drive is being held near you. Even if there are no convenient drives, you can sign up online, and the Marrow Registry will send will ship to you a cheek swab kit for you to mail back and be included in the registry.

When they make it this easy, there's no excuse not to do it. Please forward this information to all of your caring and compassionate friends so that, hopefully, one of us will be a perfect match for Ayelet, or others like her.

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