#GivingTuesday

If you’re like me, you occasionally give to charities that you think are worthy. St. Jude. March of Dimes. American Red Cross. Makes you feel good. Helps People. Tax deduction.

I’ve never been very philanthropic (simply because I haven’t had much extra to give), but I do consistently donate money to charitable causes. Angela and I have always been fond of St. Jude, and donate regularly.

But this year, I learned of 2 new charities that need your help.

Obviously, www.BeTheMatch.org has pretty good visibility in the public with their celebrity endorsements like Robin Roberts, who is a bone marrow recipient. When you think about it, Be The Match covers a lot of diseases like leukemia, cancer, sickle cell anemia, and yes, aplastic anemia.

abc_gma_psa_120927_wgI’m fortunate enough not to need a bone marrow transplant at this time as my bone marrow is recovering slowly. But I became aware of the need for donors, the public misconceptions, and how EASY it is to be in the donor registry with just a mouth swab! With friends like Ray Castle and countless others you’ve read about here, we’ve added hundreds to the bone marrow registry this year.

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It costs $100 per donor to add donors to the registry. So I’m asking that you donate whatever you can to Be The Match through my personal site here. They never turn away donors or recipients.

But I wanted to point out a smaller charity that is really special to me. The AAMDS: Aplastic Anemia & MDS foundation. If you haven’t donated to them yet, and you follow my blog, I’m asking that you take a moment to donate what you can to this organization. While everyone knows that Robin Roberts needed a bone marrow transplant, did you know she had myelodysplastic syndrome? The “MDS” in AAMDS!

Through the efforts of AAMDS to support research and education, I know that they helped save my life. And they provided me with the information I needed to learn about Aplastic Anemia, which ultimately led me to the NIH clinical trial. Because the diseases are so rare, you can imagine that they need all the help they can get.

Today is known as #GivingTuesday, devoted to fund raising for different charities…following “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday”. Please give what you can to AAMDS and BeTheMatch.

Thank you.