A little over a decade ago, my then 4-year-old cousin was diagnosed with leukemia, sending my massive Irish family into a frenzy of support. We organized drives, collected donations, went on charity walks and each of the 50+ members of my immediate family got “swabbed,” in the hopes that one of us might be a donor match for her. No dice. Luckily, someone on the donor list was a match and she is currently a thriving survivor of the disease.
So, when I heard BusyBee Interior Design was partnering with DKMS Americas for their “Give the Gift of Life” swab event, I was immediately on board. Nearly 300,000 people, 20,000 of them small children like my cousin, are affected by leukemia every year. BusyBee Founder Anna Powers is among those who successfully beat the disease and has committed 25% of the shop’s net proceeds on January 28 to DKMS to help support its efforts to register donors. The fee for registering each donor is $65 to the group’s Be The Match Registry, a cost that DKMS absorbs completely.
The registry is the world’s largest with 2.9 million registered donors, yet only 40% of patients will find a match. Minorities are least likely to get a diagnosis, but are more likely to die from leukemia due to the lack of donors. To date, more than 27,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.
Head over to BusyBee on January 28 from noon to 6pm to get swabbed yourself.
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