Great Start to July!

July has been a great month so far!

Remember the kitten?

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As of yesterday, he is settled in his new home!!!  One of my brand new neighbors, Cath, and her husband, met him, were enchanted by his good looks (and how super funny he is running around all over the place), and they took him home – to his real permanent home – yesterday!

We miss the little guy – even Karl admitted to missing him, but I’m so happy he found a good home, that my pets are happy again without the competition and the jealousy, and that the kitten now has the attention he deserves!

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Oh, and you caught the best part, right?  The kitten (still unnamed, but I’m voting for Ninja – it fits his personality) is now my neighbor, just a few floors down, so I’ll definitely be seeing him again and I’ll get to see him grow up too!  I wonder how big he’ll get considering he was a tiny little thing when I found him and though he’s at least twice as big as he was then, he is still super-tiny!

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Now if that wasn’t good news enough for one weekend, this news got beat by my high school friend’s AWESOME news (if you understand Portuguese, or just want to look at pictures of her cute son, she has a blog about him).

What are the news, you ask?  Her 2-year old son who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia at the beginning of the year, and has been waiting for months for a compatible donor (on the first search none of the 6 million registered people in the world were compatible), finally found a match over the weekend!  Only one state over too!

So they have already flown over to Sao Paulo, where the donor is located, and he should start the process this week.  Isn’t he adorable?  (Photo stolen from her blog.)

Her life mission these last few months was to distribute flyers, get in touch with newspapers, radio stations, etc, so that other people would register as a donor.

Are you registered?  I see a LOT of runners running for Team in Training, but how many of them are actually on the list of donors?  If you’re interested in finding out more information, or adding yourself to the registry (all it takes is a cheek swab), please visit marrow.org. The website answers a lot of questions about the procedure as well if you are someone’s match.  Anyone can run a race for Team in Training, but not everyone is going the extra step of being a registered donor to actually make a difference in someone’s life.

In this case, her 2 year old has found a match, but how many other kids are out there looking for a donor?  It could be your own son, your brother, your husband, your father.  Sometimes, it’s not that people don’t want to be a donor, they just never thought of it, or they don’t know how.  I posted this on Facebook, and got at least one friend to register – hopefully I can get at least one more with this post.  Every little bit can make a difference, no?

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10 responses to “Great Start to July!

  1. What a fantastic start to July!!! YAY to all of it. 🙂

    I love that you’ll get to see Ninja {fingers crossed – haha} grow up.

  2. Al

    Good thing he already found a donor. Good luck to them! My heart melts when I see kids suffer. They’re too delicate.

    • Same here. Kids were meant to play not deal with diseases and pain (unless it’s the pain from scrapping your knee in the middle of a game — that we all have to experience!).

      He’s starting chemo today, fingers crossed everything goes smoothly from here on out.

  3. I’ve been on the bone marrow registry for a few years now. I know it was just an aside in your post, but I really couldn’t agree with you more: if you want to do something for cancer, joining the registry is an awesome start. Not knocking anyone who raises money for charity, but it’s very, very easy to join team in training and get running support and a marathon entry out of your charitable work. Potentially donating marrow is harder, yes, but it’s the sort of direct service that’s incomparable in terms of its impact on the recipient.

    • That’s exactly how I feel — you have the potential of helping someone directly, for something you already know will make a difference, as opposed to just money for research, which helps, but not nearly with the same impact. I really wonder if the people who run through them are taking the extra step to join the registry (or if they’re even told about the registry during the whole process).

      To be honest, until my friend’s son got sick, it had never crossed my mind, it was only when trying to find a way to get tested in the US (since she’s in Brazil) that I found all that information. I don’t think people don’t necessary not join because they don’t want to, but for a lot of people, they just don’t know how, or it just never crossed their minds.

  4. I’ve been a registered donor for years… sadly, it took losing an acquaintance (who couldn’t find a donor) to take that step. I hope everyone does it… you can do it through the mail now, it’s SO easy.

    So glad for your double good news.

  5. Wonderful on both counts! I hope your friend’s little recovers quickly and fully.

  6. Yay for the kitty! And your friend’s son! 🙂

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