To All in the Coast to Coast Family,
We are all involved with this wonderful charity because we know or know of someone who, along with their family, is in desperate need. I got involved in 2010 because of my son’s classmate Laura Hillier and the Hillier family. She told her own story of becoming ill and recovering in 2010:
Sadly, a few weeks ago Laura relapsed and once again has AML. Laura is again faced with intensive chemotherapy but, this time, will also require a bone marrow transplant. It is critical that a suitable donor be found in the next several weeks. Nelson High and her former elementary school, Pineland, are rallying around the family. On Friday over 120 Nelson people registered at a rush Bone Marrow Donor clinic – those like Laura need many more. For some the odds are as large as 1 in 10,000.
Working with Rick Goldring, Burlington’s Mayor, and multiple others we mobilized on several fronts to encourage people to register for bone marrow and/or blood donation on behalf of Laura – but for all in need. According to the Canadian Blood Services, it takes 8 blood donors a week to support one leukemia patient let alone all others. A bone marrow donor test is a simple cheek swab.
You can help all by doing the above at any Canadian Blood Service clinic and, if anyone is attending the Burlington Sound of Music Festival this weekend (Hillier’s and my home town), drop by the Canadian Blood Services tent we have arranged (non-profit section) to say hello and send a note to Laura in a personalized Book of Wishes her friends made and we will have on hand.