Michael’s Fund

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My wife works for the National Marrow Donor Program, a non-profit organization that matches bone marrow and cord blood donors to cancer patients in need of a life-saving transplant.  She’s only started working there in an official capacity recently, but she has been involved with the NMDP for many years as a bone marrow donor, and volunteer. 15 years ago, her donation saved the life of a 3-year-old girl in Germany who had cancer. Thanks to my wife, that little girl is now a happy and healthy teenager.

I tell you all this because yesterday, as part of her duties at the NMDP, she has been helping to develop a web presence for a local organization called Michael’s Fund.

Michael’s Fund was founded by a Fall River (MA) family who lost their son, Michael Wrobel, at the age of 11 to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His family and their organization fund the marrow recruitment drives the local NMDP holds in MA, RI, CT and all over New England. Since 1996, Michael’s Fund has financially supported 1,200 drives at a cost of $470,000, and has made it possible for the NMDP in our area to recruit over 40,000 individuals into the National Marrow Registry – which to date has resulted in 152 children and adults receive marrow transplants.

My wife is a fantastic human being.  She makes me proud on a daily basis, and I’d like to help her get the word out with this project in any way I can.  If everyone reading this could simply visit the Michael’s Fund page on Facebook and “like” it, it would help her tremendously to spread the word about this great organization.  Just click HERE to visit their FB page.

And really, you owe her that much because “Retail” wouldn’t exist without her encouragement. 🙂

Thank you so much for your help!

-Norm

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  1. It’s awesome that your wife had the chance to help someone in that way. I’ve been in the registry since near the start. While I was once called in for second-level typing, I was not a suitable match.

    If I may borrow your soapbox for a minute, there is a way people in the registry can help besides marrow donation. Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation need platelet transfusions. Trauma patients may also receive platelets in addition to whole blood. The same set of HLA markers tested for marrow compatibility is also used to match platelets. Some recipients reject unmatched platelets, and need tissue-matched donations. If you are a suitable candidate, please consider becoming a platelet donor. It may not be as dramatic as marrow donation, but you are still helping to save lives.

    More information about the process can be found here.

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