Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bone Marrow Drive Registers 550 Potential Donors

Fauquier Hospital is pleased to report that the Be the Match bone marrow drive held at the hospital last week resulted in 450 new members joining the Be the Match registry.

Delilah Steinbach, one of the organizers of the drive, said, “The event was a huge, smashing success! It will take about six weeks for the swabs that were collected to be processed and added to the registry.”

She explained, “The Be the Match organization normally expects an average of 75 to100 people to attend a bone marrow drive, but we collected more than 450 swabbed kits. We also collected paperwork for 100 more people after we ran out of the kits. Those people will have kits mailed to them.”

Many who attended on Friday did so in the hopes of helping Sydney Davies, a 12-year-old Auburn Middle School girl whose leukemia has kept her hospitalized since July. Sydney needs a bone marrow transplant immediately. After hearing about the drive, Sydney’s mother Jen Davies said, “There are no words. What our family is feeling is more than gratitude and greater than love for this community we now call our ‘village.’ The stories of encouragement and hope from the very successful bone marrow drive has truly touched our hearts.

“We want to thank Rebecca Mathis with Be the Match and Kari Schwind, Andrea Johnson, and Delilah Steinbach for organizing this worthwhile event. Also, all the volunteers who helped make this run so smoothly. And a special thanks to all those who came out and joined the registry. You may have saved a life by becoming a donor. I know how an event like this can change your life... please know that all of you have changed ours. God bless you all!"

Jackie O’Hara is the mother of another Fauquier child, Owen O’Hara, who is battling leukemia. She said about the drive, “Incredible! What I'd like the community to know is this: Fighting cancer, especially when it is your child who is affected, is a tough challenge, but it is made much less burdensome by acts of kindness such as this one with the bone marrow donor drive. People in our community are astonishingly giving! It really lifts our spirits to see this."

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