Can You Register to Save a Life?

(Posted as a courtesy to help gain visibility for this event)

LeslieYou can save this life!!!!
Bone Marrow and Blood Drive for Alison Stephens-Glettner 
  
  Be the match
 

 Dear Friends,
 
There is a bone marrow/blood drive for Allison on Monday, October 26.  If you have the ability to give blood, or to be on the bone marrow donor list, I would really appreciate your participation. 

My sister-in-law is only 43 years old. Alison Stephens-Glettner, had just gotten the great news that her breast cancer was in remission.  She had grown her hair out into a cute bob, made it through reconstructive surgery, gone back to work and then it hit her.  While on vacation in Europe, Alison started feeling weak.  Is it the water? Is it the time change?  The first few days, she chalked it up to being tired from the flight.  However, when the bruising started to appear, with no good recollection of a fall or injury, she silently started to worry.  

When Alison got back to the states, her blood platelets were low, REAL low.  After testing and a long wait, the horrible truth was Alison had gotten cancer from the treatment used to treat her breast cancer!  Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have been linked to past radiation exposure. The risk of leukemia after radiation treatment depends on a number of factors, but Alison’s bone marrow had been exposed to too much radiation.  The only cure for her leukemia is a full bone marrow transplant. My husband was the first to go to California to get tested to be a donor.  After almost two excruciating weeks, we found out that even though he was a blood-type match, he was not a possible bone marrow donor.  You could have heard a pin hit the floor.  All the hopes that Alison could get a transplant and get back to a normal life were crushed.  So, my family is sponsoring a bone marrow and blood drive next week in Alison’s honor. 

It is very simple to get on the National Bone Marrow Registry, you simply have to provide a DNA swab and fill out some paperwork. People are concerned it will hurt.  What if I change my mind?  How much time does it take?  Consult the Bone Marrow Donor site to get answers to all your questions.  Or, you can join us on Monday, October the 26th to find out more about how to give.  All donors, for blood, marrow, or both will be placed in a drawing to win $1,000 in cash.  The cash will be given out that day.  

Bone marrow Donation is not painfu. You can change your mind. There are very few side effects, but read and learn more at:
 
http://www.marrow.org/DONOR/When_You_re_Asked_to_Donate_fo/Donation_FAQs/index.html#

The Bone Marrow and Blood Drive for Alison Stephens-Glettner is less than a week away.  If you can donate blood, I will need to have you send an email to Leslie.Garrett-Stephens@mercer.com with your preferred time slot (we still have a few slots for every time left- see the times below).  

 
The blood donation takes approximately 15-20 minutes.  You do not have to sign up to be on the bone marrow registry however, if you do, you can get your DNA swipe before or after you give blood.  Please allow 10 extra minutes for this process. You may also provide the DNA swab to be placed on the registry without giving blood. You do not have to sign up to do this. Please be sure and eat before you give blood!  

Park Manor is located at Woodmont and Harding Pike.  It is less than ½ mile down on the right once you turn onto Woodmont.  Look for the Green and Blue balloons. At the sign-in-station be sure and fill out your contact information for the door prize give-a-way. 

Location: Park Manor Apartments
115 Woodmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37205
Call 615-604-0461 to register

Time:  Free- Breakfast starts at 8:00 am, Lunch starts at 11:30 am-
Times to Donate 9:00 am -4:00 pm
 
***You can just donate blood and / or have a DNA swab to be on the National Bone Marrow Registry***

Over $1,500 in Cash and prizes will be given away to anyone who volunteers or donates!! You do not have to be present to win.  $1,000 will be given away at 4:00 pm and PAID in CASH THAT DAY!!!
The time slots are as follows;
 
  9:00 am
  9:20 am
  9:40 am
10:00 am
10:20 am
10:40 am
11:00 am
11:20 am
11:40 am
12:00 pm
12:20 pm
12:40 pm
  1:00 pm
  1:20 pm
  1:40 pm
  2:00 pm

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~ by cinderellawasdelusional on October 23, 2009.

3 Responses to “Can You Register to Save a Life?”

  1. […] Can You Register to Save a Life? « CinderellaWasDelusional.Wordpress.com cinderellawasdelusional.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/can-you-register-to-save-a-life – view page – cached Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming event on Monday….. I really need several more people to sign up….. If you have the ability to give blood, or to be on the bone marrow donor list, I… (Read more)Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming event on Monday….. I really need several more people to sign up….. If you have the ability to give blood, or to be on the bone marrow donor list, I would really appreciate your participation. My sister-in-law is only 43 years old. Alison Stephens-Glettner, had just gotten the great news that her breast cancer was in remission. She had grown her hair out into a cute bob, made it through reconstructive surgery, gone back to work and then it hit her. While on vacation in Europe, Alison started feeling weak. Is it the water? Is it the time change? The first few days, she chalked it up to being tired from the flight. However, when the bruising started to appear, with no good recollection of a fall or injury, she silently started to worry. (Read less) — From the page […]

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