Our friend Regina Ciardiello over at SMB Nation posted an urgent blog post yesterday regarding another friend Jeremiah Ilges. See her post here: http://www.smbnation.com/index.php/news/news/entry/urgent-please-register-as-marrow-donor-to-help-smb-nation-employee
Jeremiah is battling a disease called Aplastic Anemia.
Aplastic Anemia happens with the bone marrow stops making blood cells for the body. Jeremiah's condition has reached a critical stage. He needs a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible. He gives some more detail on his blog: My Bone Marrow Has Failed! Will You Help?
From that blog:
“Nothing can stop my marrow from completely failing now, and that's exactly what it is doing. “My likelihood of survival without a transplant is 0%. With a transplant it's between 60-80%. I'll take those odds and fight on! With your help I can win!”
Helping is Easy
To register as a bone marrow donor, just go to www.marrow.org and register. You will receive a donor kit. You swab the inside of your mouth 4-6 times with a Q-Tip and ship it back. Your DNA is tested to see if you could be a match. No needles, no pain. It will take 5 minutes of your time. You can also register locally through many blood drives.
And of course, once registered, you might be a match for someone else who needs bone marrow.
My prayers are with Jeremiah, his wife, and their three daughters.
I know it's a holiday, but if you could take a few minutes to register online, it might do them a world of good.
. . . and thanks to Regina and SMB Nation for putting out the word.