A Simple Swab Could Help Save a Life. That’s the message Powell Tate – the Washington, D.C. public affairs firm where I work – is going out of its way to share with our entire building.
Next Wednesday, March 30, my colleagues are holding a Be The Match Registry Drive, encouraging all the business-suited people in our building to take a brief break from their Blackberrys and get a cheek swabbed. I knew all along I had stellar colleagues, but when news of my needed quick departure from D.C. came, they were not only supportive professionally, but personally. I get notes almost daily from a coworker or two telling me the Nerf gun on my desk still works (thank God).
My colleague Clare has led a dedicated team to put it all together, even though she’s in the middle of planning an April 2nd 5K race in honor of her son Ben. Proceeds from Ben’s Run will benefit the Blood and Marrow Transplant Fund at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., the same hospital where I was diagnosed.
I had registered for the BEN-e-fit (ah, plays on words) a few months ago, hoping this could be my first 5K, but apparently having grossly diluted blood precludes one from doing anything in which I would almost definitely trip on my shoelaces and land face first in pavement. I’ll have you know I would have been at the front of the pack – this girl used to run the fastest mile in high school. Please consider donating at http://bensrun.weebly.com or, if you’re in D.C., register to run!
On top of that, Padilla Speer Beardsley – the Minneapolis agency I interned at before moving to D.C. – hooked me up with their client….drumroll….Be The Match. You’re now looking at a national Be The Match spokeswoman! They’re also putting together a bone marrow registry drive later this spring – more details to come.
Others are putting together teams for this spring’s Be The One Run around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. And so many of you have told me that you’ve enthusiastically swabbed your cheeks and joined the Be The Match Registry.
There are just a few of the ways I have felt your overwhelming support over the last few weeks. I so very much appreciate your blog comments, Facebook messages, emails and everything else. Even if I don’t respond right away, please know that I’m reading everything and love hearing from you.
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