Sunday, September 2, 2012

What Can You DO?!

So, yesterday I posted some facts about childhood cancer. If you're my friend on Facebook, I've posted even more there. If you really read them, you're probably thinking, "That's horrible. That's devastating. That is AWFUL.... But... what can I do about it?!"

Well... I'm glad you asked. ;o)

First, did you know that hundreds of children have to undergo bone marrow transplants every year? If chemo alone doesn't do the trick, the next step is a transplant. When a child is diagnosed with a blood cancer, their entire family is tested to see if they might be a match in case they ever need a transplant. Hopefully, someone in the family is a match. Many times however, this is not the case. If the child ends up needed a transplant and does not have a family match, the doctors turn to the National Bone Marrow Registry. There, they can search for a match for the child and hopefully save his life.

Did you know it's SO easy to be on this registry? You can fill out a form and send away for your kit and it's as easy as a cheek swab to get on the registry. Then, if you ever match up with someone, they will contact you to go through the next steps. Donating your marrow can help a child or an adult who is going through cancer have another chance at life. It's an easy way to give life. Here's all the info you need to join.

In the meantime, donate blood!! Kennedy went through countless blood and platelet transfusions while she was on chemo. We could always tell when she needed one... and ohhh she felt SO much better after she got those much needed transfusions. The blood banks are always thankful for your donations, especially if you're a rare blood type!!

Second, you can spread awareness... on your own blog, on your facebook page, in your community. Childhood cancer HAPPENS. Everyday. It's not a pretty subject to talk about, but it happens. It happened to my child, and the truth is, it could happen to yours. Be aware.

Third, on SEPTEMBER 24TH GO EAT AT CHILI'S!!!!! You know you need a night off from cooking. Don't tell me you don't like their food, you can find SOMETHING you like there, just for one night. We happen to LOVE their food!! Don't want to battle the crowds? Get take out!! 100% of Chili's profits go to St. Jude's in Memphis the entire day! Go for lunch, go for dinner! Whatever!! Go, eat, take friends, enjoy!! While you're there, take some dollar bills and color some peppers... you know you've got some MAD coloring skills, so show them off... you don't even need to stay inside the lines. ;)

In the meantime, feel free to go to Create-A-Pepper and make Kennedy a digital pepper if you're so inclined... I love saving these for her every year... she has quite the collection now, (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and this September is even more special because, God willing, her oncology appointment on September 17th will officially, finally declare her CANCER FREE!!! We've been waiting for this day for a LONG, LONG time! Not sure how we're going to celebrate yet, but we're gonna do something! You can leave the pepper codes for me here in the comment section or email them to me at .

Thanks for making a difference... no act is too small!


Drug Free Anaconda said...

I am now selling Rodan and Fields Skin care products! I have decided that in the month of September, 7% of my profits are being donated to a Childhood Cancer Research organization. Why 7%? because everyday 7 children don't make it to see tomorrow :( Go to and order today! (chose to be a preferred customer and save 10% and get free shipping!)

Tam said...

Hey Kennedy,

We have created you a pepper from down here in Sunny Australia. Congratulations on being so close to being officially cancer free.
Pepper code is: 390274

Katrina said...

Thanks for sharing what we can do to help. I will be sending people to your blog so they too will know what to do. And I love to eat at Chili's so that ones a no brainer.

my family said...

i think my kids have made her one each year (if not they may not have been sent) I remember you were the first blog I followed and my kids loved making them (i think that was in 08) Praying for Cancer free celebration.

and we will be at chili's as years past on the 24!

Anne B. said...

I just created my pepper for Kennedy's pepper album! The code is 390282. I beleive that Chili's also donates a portion of their proceeds to St. Jude all month long!! We will definitely be there on the 24th with as many people as we can gather! It's such a fun night out!! (((BIG HUGS)))!!

Stephanie T. said...

Was anyone in your family a match for Kennedy? Just curious, thank God she never needed a transplant. I've been on the marrow registry for a few years now and last year I got notification that my sample had been chosen for "further testing" due to my age, etc. Still hoping I'll get that call someday to donate. When I worked at St. Jude I tried to donate blood and platelets, but I lived in Germany (on a US Army base) from 89'-90' when I was about 6 years old so I'm not eligible to donate :( soooo sad too because I'm type O neg, the universal donor! *sigh* maybe one day they will remove that restriction. A ton of St. Jude employees donate though! Definitely gonna show Chili's some love this month :)

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SherryA said...

We became more aware about how much platelets are needed because of a little girl in our church who has been fighting for a long time. And the cool thing about platelet donation is that you can do it often, more so than with blood. Unfortunately I cannot donate due to low iron, but if I could, I would. My mom is a regular platelet donor and I think she is awesome.