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

Live Marrow Donor Drive at Physical Therapy Associates

The "Live Drive" was last week but the drive continues online. If you didn't make it out to the live drive you can register on the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) website. The standard cost is $52 but thanks to a Federal grant the costs for this drive are:

Testing for Minorities is Free: For all Ethnic Minorities or people of mixed ethnicities there is no charge to be tested. To learn why minority testing is free please CLICK HERE.

Non-Minorities: Caucasians will be asked to pay a cost of $25.00 for their tissue typing test. When prompted please enter the following promo code to receive the discounted price: tami49

Jeff Fenton of Physical Therapy Associates in Spokane WA hosted the drive at his office. Check them out at

A huge THANK YOU to Nita, Kellie and Leslie for organizing the drive! And to the Inland Northwest Blood Center for coming out to gather the cheek swabs from everyone who came to join the marrow registry.

They, along with the Spokane Grinders Hockey Club pulled off a very successful donor drive that will hopefully find a match for Tami.

Thank you all for turning out and getting registered that day!

Terry, Jeff and Don are some of the members of the Spokane Grinders Hockey Club.

Filling out the registration form.

The line was steady for the entire 4 hour drive. In total 61 people got registered that day! Thank you to all!

Thanks so much to the Rockwood Bakery on the South Hill.

They brought the big cookies for all of the great people who took the time to come and join the National Marrow Donor Program on Tami's behalf.

And a BIG THANK YOU to Taste Cafe for their yummy pastries for Tami's donor drive.

There were childhood friends, new friends, colleagues, and clients who all showed up that day...

And more friends like Zuly (above) and Char (below) came too. It was a great turnout!

The nice thing is that there's even a match for someone else in need might have been registered that day. I'd recently spoken to my friend Crystal who told me that the Project Michelle drives has found matches for 3 other people which they, and Michelle, are all thrilled by. They are still looking for a match for Michelle though. And who knows? Maybe we'll find her a match in Tami's drives. That would be so awesome.

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