Make a Difference in Forest Hills NY

Nora’s Artwork

Dear Mamas, As you may or may not know, a dear friend lost her daughter Minty to Cancer in 2010 and not a day goes by that I do not think about her. I am reaching out to you all today to ask that you join me in helping another child, and probably many children suffering in incredible pain.  Nora Getchell of Mastic Beach, NY is 6 years old and has a very rare auto-immune disease called “Severe Aplastic Anemia”. Nora can no longer fight off infection and her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. Her Aunt Amy tracked me down to ask that I let our community know about her upcoming bone marrow drive in Forest Hills. “Does donating bone marrow hurt?” I asked Amy during our conversation. “Yes, and Nora gets her bone marrow taken 3 times a week …..” said Amy “but no, being on the donor registry is just a swab to the cheek”

I am asking you to please picture what your life would be like if one of your children were in the hospital day after day, and if you needed the help of mothers that you did not know, people who could save your child’s life.  This week in Forest Hills you have the opportunity to make a difference…. please, please…. attend. Your precious gift of four simple cheek swabs can help children like Nora find a potential match!

How to Help:

Get swabbed – If you are between the ages of 18-44 and in good general health, please come out and register at this drive or have a kit mailed to you. It is as simple as filling out a consent form and doing a  cheek swab. Then you become part of the registry. I hope you will consider it for Nora, and for so many others who are awaiting a transplant.

When: February 25th, 2012 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Where: The Church in the Gardens – 50 Ascan Av Forest Hills, NY 11375 212-570-3040

If you cannot make it then here is link to join the registry online

Since some people may want to help out financially but can’t because for health reasons they are not qualified or they are over the age limit.here is a link to send money to help the cost of the swab donations.

The Good News:

Since I spoke to her aunt last week, Nora has found a match! There are still so many children in need of bone marrow and I know us Mamas can help make a difference in their lives.

Nora, get well little one, I look forward to seeing more of your art soon!

Leni