As you are thinking of ways to help your community, I ask you to consider giving the gift of life. Many people sign up as organ donors, when someone close to them is diagnosed with a disease requiring a transplant and then get tested to find matches. Did you know that there is another way that you can give the gift of life with minimal pain, minimal risk and no downtime? You can donate stem cells or otherwise known as bone marrow. This method of extraction has become very simple, yet not many know about this volunteer opportunity. There is a large number of people every day that wake up with the hope of getting that phone call to tell them that they have found a match and have a chance at life, yet the amount of people in the database is still too small to save the amount of lives impacted by bone marrow failures.

This short YouTube video shows one bone marrow donor’s journey.  Please take the time to watch it and help raise awareness.

BeTheMatch.org has simplified the process for potential donors. Visit their website and complete a short registration. They send you a kit, you swab your cheek, and you return it in a postage paid envelope back to the organization. They take about six to eight weeks to process your DNA and enter you into their database. You will be notified once you are in the database and they will contact you if a match is found.. The process is so easy. As you can see, I did mine this morning here in the Dallas office.

I am taking this moment to challenge those at Celanese to become registrants and consider donating. This is a very personal decision and one that you will need to make on your own. However, imagine the blessing you could give to someone. You could even save a life. This plea is very personal to me as I have a dear friend that suffers from a rare form of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) coupled with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML). In short, her body no longer makes good blood to keep her alive and she requires monthly blood transfusions. Blood cancers are typically slow progressing but don’t show extraordinary symptoms until they have progressed to critical stages. This is why the survival rate is so low. My friend is 41 years old and discovered her disease during her pregnancy. She is the mother of a gorgeous 3-year-old little girl named Harper, and without a transplant will most likely not be here to see her turn four. As much as she would love to find a match for herself, she is dedicating much of her time to raising awareness so that others have a chance at life. At a minimum please consider sharing this topic with your families and social networks to continue to raise awareness. Let’s hope and pray that Christine has a match, but let’s also raise awareness so that we can save lives and contribute to the legacy that she is creating.

Thank you and Happy New Year!