Off Topic - Member in Need
- I have Philip's permission to post this.
Elzbieta Kseniak Reiser, one of our members and one of our cousins has
been diagnosed with Leukemia. I saw Ela in Bukowsko in July looking
healthy and active. Back home in Illinois (in August) Ela was
diagnosed with this life threatening disease. Ela has received two
rounds of chemotherapy but needs a bone marrow transplant in order to
Ela has five brothers and sisters and _none_ of them were a match. We
were devastated. So far there has not been a match in the National
Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) either.
I am asking all of you to consider being tested to be a bone marrow
donor. There is no telling where Ela's match will come from but I
figured this group could have the donor.
There are qualifications before you even take the first test and these
can be found on the NMDP web site:
The initial test is similar to the one used for the DNA genealogy
testing (Family Tree DNA). The NMDP sends you 4 cotton swabs to swab
the inside of your cheek. You mail the swabs back in and then wait a
few weeks for the results. If there is an initial match more
information and testing is done. Contact is handled via email
initially and you don't have to leave your home.
I sent in my test last week. As a distant cousin to Ela the likelihood
of me being a match is small but I decided this was something I had to do.
I am not asking anyone to post to the list about this. There won't be
a tally sheet. Being a bone marrow donor is a very private and
important decision. I am willing to answer questions as best I can
though so please don't hesitate to write me privately.
Thanks for considering the gift of life.