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Warning: If you stay here long enough you will gain weight! Grazing here strongly suggests that you are either omnivorous, or a glutton. And you might like cheese-doodles.
BTW: I'm presently searching for another person who likes cheese-doodles.
Please form a caseophilic line to the right. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Fellow blogger The Bray of Fundie (HaMavdil) alerts me to the situation of Matt Fenster, a 35-year old lawyer and father of four from Riverdale, who has acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
on April 21 he was diagnosed - now a bone marrow transplant may offer the only chance for survival.

"By making a contribution to the Matt Fenster Donor Circle, additional donors will be registered as potential bone marrow matches for Matt. The more donors, the better the chance of finding a match for Matt and others waiting for life-saving bone marrow transplants."


"While finding a match for Fenster will truly mirror winning the lottery, organizers have emphasized the broader benefits of the drive.
It’s not likely that [it’s] going to find a match for Matt,” Weidberg said. “But it is likely that it’s going to find a match for somebody.
Over 6,000 Americans are currently in need of a bone marrow transplant, and national registries provide a constantly growing collections of potential donors."


Public Service Announcement video on Bray's blog:

Also here:

From Wikipedia:
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), also known as acute myelogenous leukemia, is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. AML is the most common acute leukemia affecting adults, and its incidence increases with age. Although AML is a relatively rare disease, accounting for approximately 1.2% of cancer deaths in the United States,[1] its incidence is expected to increase as the population ages.

The symptoms of AML are caused by replacement of normal bone marrow with leukemic cells, which causes a drop in red blood cells, platelets, and normal white blood cells. These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding, and increased risk of infection."

Rabbosai, this isn't like internet dating; if you register as a donor, the pay-off is much, much better. And, if they find a match for you, the feeling of satisfaction will be even greater yet; it will change your life.


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