The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Helping Kayni

We may write in isolation but our words are rarely lost in a vacuum. Someday, someone, somewhere will read them. Someone, somewhere will stop to think about them. Something we may have written will ignite the interest of a reader thousands of miles away. Conversely, what someone else has written may touch us  in an inexplicable way; for a variety of reasons. It is the way these ‘virtual’ friendships start.
I started reading Kayni’s Corner Café a couple of years ago. Kayni talked about her travels and about her craft shop Kayni Boutique. But she also wrote about other topics: aplastic anaemia, blood transfusions, needles and pain. Sadly, none of the treatments worked for Kayni. What she needs now is a bone marrow transplant. For that to happen, her doctor needs to find a matching donor.  In an effort to raise awareness about aplastic aneamia and the need for donors, Kayni has started a new blog, Kayni’s Bone Marrow, and a Facebook page. Her appeal is for people, especially minority populations, to join the Bone Marrow Registry.
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While not everyone can qualify as a donor, what each one of us can do is spread the word via one of the social networking sites we all form part of, and also within our community. So my appeal, on behalf of Kayni (although she does not know I am writing this and has not asked me to), is to raise awareness in any way you can and encourage more people to sign up with the Bone Marrow Registry. Determining whether a prospective donor is a match to a patient is an easy and painless process: all that is required is a swab taken from the cheek. You may read the facts about bone marrow donation here and a simple explanation about the actual donation procedure here.
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We spend a lot of time writing about inconsequential things. Sometimes we need to take the time to use our gift for the benefit of others. Please feel free to share this post. It may help save a life. I will end with a quote that I first heard in the movie Schindler’s List but is, in fact, taken from the Hebrew Talmud:
“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."
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  1. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I felt like crying when I read your post, but these are tears of joy because someone had taken notice especially the pleas of people who have rare diseases like me and to those who have diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant.

  2. Beautiful flowers, so nice of you to help a friend through blogging.

  3. BEAUTIFUL POST………..there will be a match out there.

  4. You're truly gifted with your words, and I hope your friend will find a match soon! God bless..

  5. If I would be asked I would do it. Anyway if I die and some of my organs are still OK I agreed to have them taken to safe lives. What should I do with a liver or a heart when I am dead anyway ?

  6. Dear Loree - your words and your desire to help your friend will not go unrewarded. You never know how much good you may do. I will pray Kayni finds a donor soon. Thank you for sharing this deep need. God Bless you for your efforts.

  7. Many years ago I joined the bone marrow registry. I will say a prayer for Kayni that she finds a match.

  8. I do hope Kayni finds a donor. Moving post with lovely pictures.


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