Last week, I asked for prayers for this beautiful baby girl, Kate and her loving family, as they had just received the horrible news that Kate had been diagnosed with a very rare form of bone marrow disease and would be needing a transplant ASAP. Prayers are still very much needed but there's also something else you can do that could save Kate or someone else's life - consider becoming a bone marrow donor. Be the Match, is an organization that assists those needing bone marrow get matched with potential donors all over the world. Last week, I went to their website and spent about 20 minutes filling out some medical and personal information and today I received my free testing kit in the mail so that I can start the process of joining the bone marrow registry. I've got pictures below of what I received but trust me when I tell you, it took me no more than 10 minutes to read the directions, swab my mouth 4 times, and seal everything up to send back. It was VERY easy...not to mention, quick!
I know this is an extremely personal decision and one that shouldn't be taken lightly so...if doing this isn't for you, there are other ways to help too...help spread the word about Kate and her needs by adding her to prayer lists, telling friends and family, or heading over to her family blog and grabbing the "pray for kate" button and adding it to your page. You should also check out AP's blog, "I Love You More than Carrots", for additional info about this organization, the process, and the need for donors!