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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wendy's Gift

In a previous life, in the not-so-distant-past, I was an active PTA-Mom. I spent more time in the elementary school than I did walking dogs.

I enjoyed every single minute of it. I miss it. But not nearly as much as I miss the child I loved and cared for (my ex's son). That child is now living his 8th grade dreams, with his hero (read: daddy) in the deep south. I will always love him.

As important as all that is, that's not the point of this entry. In the last few months I found out that my friend Wendy, one of the PTA parents I worked closely with (co-producing the annual lip-sync contest), has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

The news was a shock to my system. I can only imagine what it's been doing to hers. Wendy is a woman who has always been full of life - spending her days educating kids about the benefits of exercise and self-care. She's a dancer, in tip-top shape, an active mother of three and a loving wife, daughter and friend to many.

Today she is fighting an uphill battle, on the hunt for a bone marrow donor. Without a match, things feel overwhelming and grim to her. I've been reading her online journal.

She has been in and out of City of Hope, having stayed in for weeks at a time, with limited exposure to family and friends. City of Hope has strict visiting guidelines as it is a clean environment, most important for Wendy's healing process.

Friends of Wendy are organizing benefit events.

Free Dance Classes and Other Prizes on March 4th in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Details about a St. Patrick's Day event for Wendy in Niagara Falls, NY are soon to follow.

How can you help? Wendy and thousands of others are waiting for a matching bone marrow donor. In the US, testing is easier than brushing your teeth. A simple cotton swabbing of the cheek tells specialists everything they need to know about whether you are a match. You could save a life!

All the info you need can be found at Wendy's Gift but I'm happy to put it right here too!

ORDER A KIT ONLINE
FIND A CENTER
FIND A DRIVE

Wendy loves people
- and at this stage of her healing, she can use all the support she can get. Please send her a message and let her know she's being thought of all over the world. Community is the greatest assistance to healing.

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Blogger Gerry said ... (3:02 AM) : 

I found your post to be very touching and humane. And yes, I would check your site again to know about the St. Patrick's Day event for Wendy in Niagara Falls, NY. Do drop by my blog too.

 

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