Friday, May 16, 2008

project michelle

okay so this post has nothing to do with crafting BUT it's UBER important :) Project Michelle's Website

26-year old Michelle Maykin was originally diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, on February 27, 2007. After undergoing 5 rounds of chemotherapy, Michelle reached a state of remission and slowly began to reclaim her life. She also dedicated herself to helping others by creating Project Michelle, a campaign focused on recruiting people to become potential bone marrow donors. In April of 2008, two months after returning to work, Michelle began to feel symptoms similar to those she had felt prior to her original diagnosis. Michelle's fears became true on May 7, 2008 when her oncologist confirmed that she had relapsed. She was also blindsided by the results of an MRI that revealed a mass on her brain.

For Michelle to be cured of her leukemia, her treatment plan will include even more intensive chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, Michelle does not currently have a bone marrow match and will not be able to undergo a transplant without one. Michelle is determined to win her battle with leukemia, but she now needs the generosity of others to succeed. Help Michelle fight this battle! She urgently needs your help. Please learn more about the process and register to be bone marrow donor. Your choice could save her life. Please PLEASE click on the link at the top to learn more about how to become a donor and about the need for a diverse donor base... it's super easy! Now you can do it at home with a kit... all you need to do is swab the inside of your cheek, seal the swab in the bags provided and presto! Send it off! Michelle needs a donor by June 21st (ack that's soon!) so get to it! There are so many others out there too waiting for their perfect match to come and save them... register! Be someone's knight in shining armor :)

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