Kim Hwang, PsyD
ST. PAUL (July 1, 2012) — Each day, we make kind decisions to make a person’s day a little lighter or a bit brighter.
We smile as we allow someone to merge into a major traffic jam, we hold a door open before it slams shut. We gracefully step back as a person steps ahead of us in the grocery line or we may even donate blood when we have the time.
These random acts of kindness warm our hearts and help us to remember that as a collective whole, we have opportunities to enhance the lives of others with very simple gestures that matter as much as grand deeds of generosity. We may not have the wealth of Oprah to give everyone a plasma screen television or send a studio audience to Australia, but we all have within us something more than nothing.
This something is called BONE MARROW, which saves the lives of thousands of people around the world.
I attended a June 30 event held by Be the Match, a National Bone Marrow Transplant Registry. This event was held specifically for people who are Korean.
Be the Match is aggressively looking for a Bone Marrow match for a 22-year-old college senior whose name is Daniel. Daniel has leukemia, but is known by his friends and family as being adventurous, smart and loves to enjoy life.
Currently, Daniel needs to find a match for a bone marrow transplant and his best chances are to find someone within the Korean community so that he can continue a healthy life. Unfortunately, today all Asian groups combined reflect only seven percent of the registry as a whole.
If you are Korean and you are reading this, here is one way in which you can make a difference. Being on the registry includes, filling out paper work and a cheek swab to begin with. It literally takes less than twenty minutes.
After the check swab, the Bone Marrow Registry will send your saliva sample to a lab and check for a possible DNA match. If there is a close enough match, you will be contacted and you may be asked to give blood (bone marrow), most likely via your arm (only one time) or less likely through your hip.
Most people think that giving bone marrow means donating blood multiple times. It is actually most often a one-time deal.
Kristine Reed, the organizer of the drive for Daniel, who has Aplastic Anemia, a life threatening disease would like to thank all of the volunteers: Kelly Marchwick, Michele Monfils, MeeOck Park, Kristine Reed, Kate Sands, Jenni Snyder, Dawn Tomlinson, and Susan Weikum-Johnson.
Be The Match, will continue to work vigorously to help save Daniel’s life towards finding a Korean person who has a similar bone marrow type. Daniel is depending on finding a match in order to get better, so that he can graduate with his bachelors degree in Economics and move into his professional career.
If you are interested in finding out more information about Daniel, please use this contact information. Or, I suggest calling Kristine Reed who is very easy to talk to and will not pressure anyone, but provide information so that you can make a decision that is best for you. Join Online: Can’t make it June 30th or don’t live nearby?
Join online now by typing in your web browser “Join.Marrow.Org/Daniel”. This special online registration code is good until July 30, 2012 and can be used by anyone around the U.S. Once you submit your online registration form a cheek swab will be mailed to your home.
For More Information: Kristine Reed, a Be The Match representative, 612-616-6534 or email [email protected]