To Read Tami's Story from the Beginning

Just CLICK HERE. Her blog begins on March 12, 2009 with a post titled "Tami's Myelodysplasia Diagnosis." Then at the bottom of each post, click on the words "Newer Post" located just below the comments section on each page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm not 18 years old, so how can I help?

Ok, you're reading this and you want to help Tami, or other cancer patients, or do something to get involved but you are not 18 years old yet so you can't become a member of the national registry. How can you help? I know one great way to help is to become a member of Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society.

The Relay for Life Website describes the event as:
Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. There is not a required amount of money to raise in order to participate in Relay For Life. The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration.
You can sign up for an event by calling 1.800.ACS.2345 or visiting

I have a 16 year old daughter, Marina. Marina is a sophomore in high school this year. Her school participates in Relay for Life each year and hosts the event on their track. Marina's team last year raised over $2,000. The kids were so excited that they were able to help and they also had a great time at the event. Their goal for this year is to raise over $5,000. Since the event takes place overnight the track is lit with luminaries that are purchased by parents and students alike. The students really enjoy helping to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

To get an idea of how a Relay for Life team works you can visit Marina's page.


  1. Wendy this is so great. It's wonderful to know that kids too young to join the registry (you have to be 18-60 years old) still have ways that they can support the donor program. Marina and her friends are really special. When I was her age I don't think anyone I knew was involved in philanthropy. How great her whole school is part of the Relay for Life.

  2. I am a fried of Tami's in Spokane. I kept putting off having lunch with her because I was "too busy at work". I continue to scowl at that and shake my head. Even though I remind myself that things like lunch with friends need to take priority, I again this week put off lunch with a common friend of ours. How horribly easy it is to put off, or even hurt, the people we care about. Those things that really make a difference in life seem to be the easiest to dismiss.
    Tami is a reminder that you just never know. Of all things we can do for others, spending quality time with them is pretty invaluable.
    Seems like for my friend, time for a simple lunch, or even a little marrow or T-cells, certainly isn't much to give up.