Category Archives: Bone Marrow Donor Registry

When “Thank you” Feels Small

Have you saved a stranger’s life?  Been that one person at the right time?  Without YOU the stranger’s existence becomes a memory?  I wonder what that feels like. I am the stranger whose life was saved by the actions of a young man across the ocean. Four and a half years ago, my bone marrow went… Read More »

3rd Annual Swab Drive at Mtn. Pointe High School Breaks Record

I had the honor to take part in Mountain Pointe High School’s 3rd Annual Be the Match swab drive on May 8, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Organized by the Foreign Language Honor Society with the leadership of Spanish teacher Señora Donna Barry Sampanes, this year’s drive was particularly powerful. “We’re creating awareness of the need… Read More »

Peachtree Ridge High School Seniors make 2nd annual Swab Drive a Huge Success!

While I was at a hospital undergoing surgery to remove my worn-out gall bladder and erratic appendix, my kids and their friends pulled off a great Swab Drive to build the Marrow Donor Registry and help Delete Blood Cancer. Check out the photos on the “Marina Needs Us” facebook page and you will be inspired… Read More »

Calling All College Students!!!

If you are a college student, know college students, or know people who know college students, please help us! My daughter, Katrina, is doing a research project for one of her classes that will also help us learn gauge student awareness about the importance and ease of saving lives by joining the Bone Marrow Registry.… Read More »

Facts About Marrow & Blood Stem Cell Donation — FAQ’s

I was a blood donor beginning in college and continuing into my mid-30’s.  I didn’t know much about bone marrow transplants until I was told I need one to live beyond 18 months to 2 years. I quickly learned about the process, the risks, and the challenges of finding a donor “match”. It wasn’t until… Read More »

Pretty Coincidence

Smile for the camera This afternoon I had the privilege of doing a portrait shoot at my home for Gwinnett Magazine‘s “Heroes Project.”  Gwinnett Magazine periodically features fighters & survivors of various types of cancer to raise awareness and to inspire people to get involved in the fight against “the Big C.” When Danny the… Read More »

Life Saving Eagle Scout Project: Building the Marrow Donor Registry

Tween Saves Lives When the time came for my nephew Patrick to design a project for his Eagle Scout, he decided to take on something that is usually done by adults. He organized a registry drive to get healthy adults to join the National Marrow Donor Registry.  Did I mention he is 12 years old?… Read More »

Beating the Odds Starts with a Swab

When I began this journey 3 months ago, I was pretty confident that one of my four siblings would be my match (a 10 for 10 match of HLA-types; it’s not about matching blood type).  Each had a 25% chance, so wouldn’t 1 of the 4 have to match?   That’s not how probabilities work, I learned. … Read More »

We’ve Got Some Great Cheeks in Gwinnett County!

252 and Counting!That’s how many living angels came to Peachtree Ridge High School last Friday and joined the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Libbi, Dave, Marina, Robert at the close of the drive Our dear friends and neighbors, Libbi and David Wengryn, asked our kids’ high school officials if we could hold a Bone Marrow… Read More »