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A late Thanksgiving post! I meant to write about this on Thursday, but I’ve been spending the holiday weekend with loved ones, and not with my computer 😉  I have to admit, it feels pretty good!  We all need a little break every now and then.

In addition to taking a much-needed break, there’s something else I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Awhile back, I read an article in a magazine about a young woman who signed up to be a bone marrow donor. Another young woman across the country, battling cancer, needed a bone marrow transplant. Turns out, the first young woman was the one and only perfect match that could save the other young woman’s life. And she did. And changed her own life in the process.

The story touched me so much, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’ve been wanting to get on the list since the moment I read the article, but had to put it off while I was pregnant with my son. This Thanksgiving, we have SO much to be thankful for. Mostly, we are thankful for our amazing, bright, adorable baby boy, and for each other. We are healthy, happy, and have so much to give. The first thing I did Thanksgiving morning (after kissing my boys good morning) was to get online and sign up for the Be The Match bone marrow registry. My little cheek-swab kit will be arriving in the mail soon, and I’ll officially be available as a donor until my 61st birthday. It’s a small thing for me to do, but could literally mean the world to someone. I welcome the responsibility, and will be ready for the medical procedure that will follow the phone call, should I receive it. I pray that God can use me to save another.

I am just one donor, and there are so many who are waiting for their match. I can’t help everyone, but I can be a catalyst by writing about it. If you are reading this, please consider signing up. The procedure isn’t as scary as you might think.  Read about it on the official Be The Match website. And definitely let me know (comment below!) that you’ve done it!  We can share so much more than love and joy this season. You have the opportunity to give the gift of a lifetime. How amazing is that?

Okay, off my soapbox. Hug your loved ones, kiss your kiddos, and enjoy this beautiful season!

With much love,

Kristen, future bone marrow donor 🙂

Be the Match - Bone Marrow Registry

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  • Colleen Foltz via FacebookNovember 27, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Going to look into this…thank you!

  • Amanda Montgomery via FacebookNovember 27, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Very cool Kristen! Sounds like a wonderful program!

  • Andy OwenNovember 27, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Awesome post Kristen! I felt the same way after reading a similar story and just over a year ago signed up. Every time I receive a newsletter from them I get all excited that it’s ‘my call.’ But I guess they’d actually call me if that was the case. Good luck! I’m hoping we’re all able to donate to save a life someday soon!

  • MOMNovember 27, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    This is amazing. What a wonderful gift.
    Lowell did thi last year, not sure if he will be considered now since he has cancer himself. I haven’t thought about it for myself, I will think about it though, I have a few years yet to give.

  • Denise Lynn Maki via FacebookNovember 27, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    Looked into it, and signed in 🙂

  • Laura FeinauerNovember 28, 2011 - 9:39 am

    What a great post, Kristen! Jon and I both signed up earlier this year at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s walk. It’s such a powerful and yet easy thing to sign up for! Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! xoxo

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