A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.
It’s not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia
My life changed today. In November 2007 I stood in line at a “swab party” because a close friend was fighting AML. Six years later as I stand here fully inspired by another amazing person fighting leukemia (CLL this time) I receive a letter that I may be a potential match among millions for someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. My life changed for the better today.
Words cannot express the emotions I felt at the moment I opened the letter. I didn’t realize it immediately, but tears were streaming down my face.
I have the power to save a life.
I feel happy, hopeful and proud to be involved in this movement- hopeful that I can be that match for my dear friend/sister, or if not someone I love directly, than someone else–a colleague, mother, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, mom or dad. I could be that person who can bring joy to a family searching for hope and love. All I see is love and giving… all I see is me being that match and so many others that can also selflessly give.
The first step after being notified that you are a potential match is to reconfirm your commitment and complete a health questionnaire. Upon review of this within two months you will be contacted to begin the donation process. I anxiously await that call but know that if it does not work out this time, it may again in the future. Because my contact information will remain in the registry on an ongoing basis, available and eligible for someone else in need.
* Written by Anita Bhatt