1 MONTH TO GO! (WHAT?!)
With our January 19th launch date hurtling towards us at breakneck speed, we have been scurrying around like little SAM elves to get all of our loose ends tied before setting off into the sunset in our van, who we have named Maggie. We’re finalizing drives, working on housing, printing promotional items, doing our darndest to reach fundraising goals, giving Maggie a makeover* (see more below), and planning a send off party (details below), amongst other things. At times this might produce minor panic attacks, but despite being a gaggle of spazzes (spazzi?), and despite feeling one hundred emotions all at once, the most prominent sentiment these days is complete excitement. We are so ready to get on the road and find matches for all the patients out there fighting blood cancer and blood diseases.
There is not much that can compare to hearing the sweet words that a match has been found for a patient who has been searching. It is an intense rush of gratitude, and we were especially glad to experience that feeling after finding out our friend Owen would be receiving a transplant from an 18 year old girl. You may remember the rush of drives we did in Owen’s honor after he relapsed with leukemia. It seemed all of Louisville rallied around him and came out in droves to sign up as donors. On December 18, Owen received his marrow donation and we are excited to keep cheering him on as he heals. What an inspiration to see an anonymous donor give such a selfless gift and to see our community rally around this awesome guy.
All of this excitement leads up to our main event, the January 19th launch party. And it is going to be something else, let me tell you. We’re hosting our send off at Against The Grain Brewery where there will be food to fill your belly, beer to fill your belly even more, music to fill your soul, raffles to help fill our gas tank, and swabbing to fill the need for bone marrow donors! We really want to see every person we’ve ever met and just get down and have a groovy time. This is going to be the biggest and best bone marrow party this town has ever seen. That’s a promise.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!