On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

7 Days

Only 7 days from Erin's one year mark!

Today we are thankful for

**Give the gift of life this season**

When Erin arrived at Primary Children's on June 1, 2010 her platelets were only at an 11.  A normal platelet count is 150-400.  She received platelets and red blood transfusions within a few hours of her cancer diagnosis.

Several of our friends have had bone marrow transplants that have saved their lives with a many thanks to those who have done the simple cheek swab required to join the bone marrow registry.  It amazes me how few people are registered on the bone marrow registry.  Shannon Tavarez, an 11 year old who played Nala on the Broadway Lion King, died of AML because no bone marrow match was available on the registry.

Please consider saving a life

Erin received 13 red blood transfusions and 13 platelet transfusions.

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
More than 38,000 donations are needed each day
Less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate
One donation can save up to 3 lives
Only 7% of the U.S. population has O neg. blood, the universal donor

Enjoy this video on the need for joining the bone marrow registry

You can join the registry if you are age 18 to 60. Just about anyone can join! Those who cannot join are those who have AIDS, cancer, herniated disc or spine fracture/rods in your back, had hepatitis B or C, serious or chronic kidney problems, liver disease, organ or tissue transplant, active Tuberculosis, and if your BMI is extremely low or extremely high.

A bone marrow donation can either (1) be taken from your hip while you are sedated or (2) like when you give plasma through a needle in your arm or (3) cord blood from a newborn

Want to know what joining the bone marrow registry is about?
Watch this entertaining video

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