Finding a match: Why bone marrow donors are so important

Jake and his mom.

Jake and his mom

Are you a donor? I am. I regularly donate blood, and I’m proud to show off the orange sticker on my driver’s license that says I’m willing to be an organ donor. But there’s another way you can donate life to someone in need. You also can be a bone marrow donor.

Bone marrow transplants aren’t just for cancer, they’re for a whole group of people with non-cancerous diseases. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a little guy from San Francisco who personally knows how important bone marrow donors really are. Jake is 5 years old, and he’s been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder where the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. To put it simply, this can …Continue reading →

What would you do?

Everyone at the hospital knows me as a huge and vocal sports fan. So when the Milwaukee Bucks qualified for the playoffs this year, I had to do something to celebrate with the patients I see in the MACC Fund Center every day.

Check out my video to see what I did. I did this to give our patients a chance to laugh, have fun and be part of the excitement that comes with having our home team in the playoffs. I did it to raise awareness about the upcoming Miracle Marathon, which impacts the …Continue reading →

Kickin’ it around the clock to save lives!

Great American Soccer Marrowthon

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, and join us for the Great American Soccer Marrowthon!

As someone who sees children – from infants to young adults – with cancer and other blood disorders such as aplastic anemia and sickle cell anemia every day, I know just how important marrow donation is. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening disease can be saved through transplants.

To help raise awareness, The Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club will be hosting the second …Continue reading →