Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bone Marrow Registry - It's FREE... and PAINLESS

No Needles, Just swab the inside of your cheek.
No Charge, bone marrow typing is being offered for FREE at the moment.



First, thank you for indulging me by reading this post. I heard about Tyler Genneken just a few days ago. After battling leukemia three years ago, Tyler has dedicated his life since to helping others dealing with this horrific disease. Sadly, just when regular life seemed just around the corner, at 13, Tyler relapsed.

Tyler needs a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, 70% of people that need a bone marrow transplant don't have a match in their family. Therefore, their only hope is to find a match in the national registry. Only 4 out of every 10 people that needs a bone marrow transplant are able to find a match.
You have probably heard of the term "Pay It Forward". Through this movement, the the bone marrow typing that normally costs $100, is currently FREE!

I feel a responsibility to get this message out to as many people as possible, and I am hoping that you can help me with this. I registered at an event over the weekend - it couldn't be easier. All you have to do is fill out the donor information and swab the inside of your cheek and mail it in. THAT's IT!

A match has now been found for Tyler, but for Tyler it is too late. While Tyler is resting and spending his final days with his family, his family more than ever wants to make sure that their son's battle, even though leaving them devasted, will not be in vain.

There are three ways you can help:

1: Join the registry (join.marrow.org/tyler)
2: Make a monetary Contribution to help fund the registry process ( www.firstgiving.com/tylergenneken )
3: Forward this email to ensure we reach as many people as possible.

Thank you - Marika

ps - I will doing some other things to help get the word out, if you have any suggestions, or would like to collaborate, please let me know.

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