How a Spaghetti Dinner Raised Funds for a Worthy Cause

A good friend of mine recently posted a picture of her younger sister, a mother of two young girls, and asked if she could count on our support. The post explained that her sister had been diagnosed with leukemia, and after a round of chemotherapy, needed a bone-marrow transplant. They were holding a spaghetti dinner in the hopes of raising money to go toward the transplant costs.

Be the Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, manages “the largest and most diverse bone-marrow registry in the world.” Every little bit helps when it comes to making sure families, such as my friend’s, are able to afford the care necessary to defeat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Most people don’t realize how much bone-marrow transplants can help.

How You Can Help

According to Be the Match statistics, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every three minutes. It takes people just like you to make a difference in the lives of those affected. Their only hope could be a bone-marrow transplant, and you could actually save a life by joining the registry. When you do so, you are agreeing to make yourself available to donate bone marrow should a match come up. Be the Match collects a cell sample by swabbing the inside of your cheek, which is a quick and easy process. Each sample is then compared to a variety of protein markers to check for a possible match. You may never be contacted to donate, but you will know you did your part to help another person return to wholeness and health with the sincere gesture of joining the cause.

If you decide not to register, there are other ways you can help. Like my friend, you can hold a spaghetti dinner or other fundraising event, and use the proceeds to help a family in need. Here are several other ways to support those with blood cancer in getting the help, attention, and funds they need to get well:

  • Join Be the Match’s social media community.
  • Attend informational events about bone-marrow transplants.
  • Volunteer for the cause.
  • Make a tax-deductible contribution or host a fundraiser event.

There are many small ways to make a difference in the lives of those dealing with leukemia or lymphoma. When you do your part to help someone in need, even the smallest gesture can make an impact.

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