Tag Archives: bone marrow donor

My Life Saver is Revealed

A week and a half after my 2nd “re-birthday,” the MUD (Matched Unrelated Donor) Transplant Coordinator from Northside Hospital phoned me. “I have the information about your donor. Would you like me to email it to you?” Dana asked. “YES, please!!! [shriek here]” I responded. And then I promptly hung up the phone. Oops! I… 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 »

Hope = Reasonable Expectations

Six Month Post-SCT Assessment Gives Me Hope February 3, 2014:  The news is good. My Dear Donor’s hematapoietic (blood forming) stem cells are engrafted in my bones. My bone marrow is not hard and fibrotic like it was six months ago. We hope it once again becomes a gracious host for the marrow and stem… 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 »