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Today you can help save a life

Original post made by carrie manley, Midtown, on Apr 19, 2008

Hi Everyone,
This is important--please come to a special event today in Palo Alto that could help save a life! We need your help today.

Jill Asher in Palo Alto is a good friend of mine. She is a former president of the Palo Alto/Menlo Park parents club and a founder of the popular Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Jill was a huge driving force in our community several years ago in response to Hurricane Katrina--she collected (literally) tons of donations, and then even went to Louisiana to make sure our donations went to those who needed help most urgently. Now, Jill is once again reaching out to help others--and the need this time is even more personal. Jill's mom is undergoing a bone marrow transplant in May. In caring for her own mom, Jill has come to meet many other patients who have not yet found their bone marrow match.
Maybe it's you.
Jill, true moral compass that she is, has organized a bone marrow registry drive today; Jill's mom is getting the help she needs, but Jill wants to help all the other patients she has met. This is so typical of Jill's wisdom and compassion. The process of getting registered is simple, quick, easy, and truly painless. Heck, even I'm going to do it--and if I can, you can too! :) Jill has given so much to our community--please, do whatever you can to take part in this registry drive today. Here are the details:
Date: Today, Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: 96 Crescent Drive
Must be between the ages of 18 and 60 to be eligible for donation.

Here is Jill's own personal message to everyone out there, to come be part of this potentially life-saving gathering today in Palo Alto.

Hello Friends and Community.

Ok, this is my last push and plea to help spread the word about a MARROW DRIVE that I have helped to organize, Saturday, April 19th.
This is extremely personal. My Mother has AML Leukemia and will be having a marrow transplant in May. However, as I have learned over the past few months, MOST people who have leukemia and need to have a transplant can NOT find an unrelated donor through the National Donor Marrow Registry. A cure or long term remission depends on a transplant.

Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: 96 Crescent Drive
Must be between the ages of 18 and 60 to be eligible for donation.

Becoming a potential donor is simple and FAST. You will just need to allow the marrow registry to take a swab of your saliva. It is painless (and NO NEEDLES). If you are ever matched, you would need to have a blood withdrawal and agree to some on going tests... It is NOT as scary as it sounds... really!

Please visit here to learn more about the drive, why I am organizing it... and all the sites/blogs/companies encouraging our community to show up to our drive:
Web Link

Can you help forward this to your personal email lists? To your company lists? To your friends and family? To anyone that you know in the bay area that would consider becoming a potential marrow donor.? We are making an EXTRA PLEA to minority and/or multi racial groups, including Hispanic, Asian, African American, American Indian, Indian or South Pacific Islanders. These groups have a HIGH NEED for donors, and very low numbers of donors in the database of the registry. Please... won't you show up or help me spread the word?

Thanks for listening to my ramble... I am just passionate about this cause and I desperately want to help.... won't you join me?

Jill Asher

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 19, 2008 at 9:15 pm

I'm so sorry that this request came too late for me to respond. One day earlier would have been great for me and perhaps others. Will there be another opportunity?

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