Last week I came across an article on Alice’s Bucket List. Alice is 15, and she has terminal cancer. Her number-one wish is for the whole world to sign up for the bone marrow donor registry.
About four months ago, I tried to sign up to be a bone marrow donor. And I experienced total horror when I realized that my weight prevented me from doing so. I was absolutely disgusted that my laziness and poor eating habits were potentially preventing a life from being saved.
Fast forward a few months, and in the excitement of all that’s been going on this year, I’d forgotten all about the bone marrow registry.
Until I read Alice’s posts. You can tell she is just a normal, sweet, hopeful girl, who never dreamed that her blog would capture international attention. She won’t accept monetary donations; all she wants is for lives to be saved, even though it is likely too late for her.
Immediately after reading her blog, I went right back to the Be the Match bone marrow registry to check the weight requirements and see how much farther I had to go before I could sign up. Much to my amazement, I’m now within the donor range! I was so excited and signed up immediately.
Today, my kit came in the mail. I swabbed my cheek four times and will be shipping it back tomorrow. Knowing that my weight loss might not only impact MY health, but also someone else’s, is incredible.
Alice, thanks for reminding me about the bone marrow registry. You are so brave and you are truly changing the world. You go, girl!