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Be The Match!

29 Feb

As I’ve written about here before I’m a regular blood donor! I started out by donating plain old whole blood. That allowed me to donate a pint of blood every two months or so. Since I was a good bleeder (it’s a talent I swear!) they asked me to do automated donations. Now I regularly (or as regularly as I can with my work schedule) donate platelets using a machine.

From donating I’ve seen signs and received emails about signing up to be a blood marrow donor. I hate to hear stories of people sitting and waiting for a donor and possibly dying without ever getting the help they need, so I decided to sign up! I started out by going to BeTheMatch.com. I read the information and decided I should sign up.

I filled out the information and checked all the boxes and sure enough less than a week later I got this in the mail:

There it is!

So I opened it up and read all the contents….here are some of them:

Standard welcome letter and information

And there’s more:

This is the interesting stuff!

On the left their are four sealed swabs for me to use and a foam holder to hold and send them back.

So I followed the instructions and swabbed my mouth four times, tagged them with my unique id sticker and placed them in the holder.


So there they are! Four swabs with my spit and cells from inside my mouth. If this falls into the wrong hands someone could create a new me!!! For some reason I picture him looking like Tom Hardy…Trekkies may understand why…

Off it goes!

So I sealed it all up and sent it off to Minnesota. Interesting that my DNA is heading off to Minnesota as most of my relatives are from Minnesota!

Do I know if I’ll match? No, but if I do I might be able to help save a life. Since I don’t have any important talents like a surgeon this is a small way that I can really save a life! I know not everyone likes blood or needles (they don’t bother me at all) but I recommend everyone take a look at BeTheMatch.com and give it a thought. You might Be The Match for someone!


Do You Want to Sponser a Race Car?

20 Jul

For $20?

Really! Kenny Wallace drives the #28  U.S. Border Patrol Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Unfortunately for Kenny, his sponsor won’t sponsor him at a foreign race! On August 30th, 2009 the Nationwide Series will be making their annual visit to the Circuit Gilles Villenuve in Montreal.

So Kenny needs a sponsor! He has decided to sell his sponsorship to the fans! For $20 you get your name on the hood of the car IN THE RACE! You will also receive an AUTOGRAPHED photo of the car from Kenny after the race! It is an amazing opportunity!!!

Check out KennyWallace.com or click HERE to go straight to the donation page!

I put my name on the car already and I think you should too! The last Facebook update said they were 90% of the way there! Wouldn’t it be awesome to say you sponsored a winning NASCAR race car??