New Friends in New Mexico
We were excited to go to New Mexico for many reasons: green chile, green chili, and green chilies. They did not disappoint. New Mexican food now has a big place in our heart, as do the amazing people we met there.
We set up an event at University of New Mexico with the family of a patient who had a transplant from a generous stranger 16 years ago and is alive and well today because of it. They were so sweet, brining us a jar of green chilies (YES), homemade pumpkin bread, and a whole lot of encouragement.
WHOA. STATE 45. States are flying by, days are flying by, the Great American Swabbing Road Trip is quickly coming to a close. We're excited to be in another state that we've never been to before. Tomorrow we'll be swabbing at University of New Mexico from 10am-2pm and then we have a happy hour event at Draft Station from 6pm-8pm. Tag your New Mexico friends!
We feel so lucky to have met these amazing ladies the other day in Albuquerque. They are the friend, sister, and mother of Melissa Wagnor, a 16-year aplastic anemia survivor/bone marrow transplant recipient! Their kindness and dedication to the cause is inspiring. They checked off New Mexico on our van, leaving us with only 5 more states!
Thanks to the Sigma Chi brothers at University of New Mexico for letting us set up a swabbing station in front of their house! We signed up a lot of ethnically diverse donors which is so important because they are underrepresented on the national registry, which means ethnically diverse patients have a REALLY hard time finding a match. Have any friends that haven't swabbed yet? Send them over to sharemarrow.com today!
Then later that night, we met Jila, one of the smartest 9 year olds we’ve ever met. She has aplastic anemia like Sam. And unfortunately like Sam, she does not have a match either. We hosted an event at a cool local brew pub with her parents to try to find more donors to help Sam, Jila, and the thousands of other patients needing transplants. Could you be Jila’s match?? Get registered today!
Taylor hugging Jila, the coolest little girl who also happens to be fighting aplastic anemia. Jila's in remission but looking for a match in case she relapses and needs a transplant. We registered donors in her honor the other night in Albuquerque. We're so thankful for all the amazing people we've met this year!