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About (created on Jul 26, 2010)
3 years ago I received the call that I was the perfect match for a woman in her 60s. She had a form of Leukemia which was at the stage that she needed a bone marrow donor or else she would die.
I had registered to be a donor in 2005 at USCJ's Koach Kallah in Toronto, and had pretty much forgotten about it until that fateful day when I received THE call. The rest of that day (literally) involved me jumping around with excitement.
A year after I had donated, I then received another call to ask about my health but more importantly, I was informed that my recipient was at 100% and out of the hospital walking around. Again, the rest of the day was spent jumping around and smiling ear to ear, telling my whole family the amazing news.
Now, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work for Gift of Life in the New England area. I have met a donor at almost every bone marrow drive that I have been at. It took 2.5 years for me to finally be comfortable enough to tell others that I was a donor. I cannot explain it, but I did not want to be labeled as a hero or a life-saver. But as I have been working, my mentor (a recipient and an incredible woman) has convinced me that telling people my story is the best way to save more lives!
Please help me spread the word about the importance of registering as a bone marrow donor. You never know when it will be your turn to save a life.
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