Recap 2011 and Resolutions 2012

Accomplishments in 2011

  • Followed through with my promise to get the wheels moving on cheekswab. Sent emails, did research, eventually came in contact with the National Marrow Donor program.
  • Completed the background check/training to be certified as a Level 2 Ambassador for the NMDP.
  • Recruited donors at two official NMDP events: the health fair at Greater Little Zion Baptist Church in Fairfax, VA and at TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, DC in honor of Amit Gupta.
  • Registered 70 total donors across two different drives as “Cheekswab”, at Vision of Peace Church in McLean, VA.
  • Began development on the official website.

Goals for 2012

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Dennis, Part 2

Dennis’ procedure went well. The procedure itself took an hour and a half or so, and he’s been recovering since. He told the nurse he didn’t need pain meds today, so it sounds as if things are okay. Hopefully he won’t need them tomorrow, but I expect he’ll be very sore for the next couple days.

It’s some sort of amazing serendipity that one of my close friends’ fiances gets called to donate. I grew up with Dennis’ fiance (Melissa) and have known her since early elementary school. Funny anecdote: when he told Melissa that he got the call to donate, her response was, “So you’re going to do it, right?”

They’re a badass couple.

I’m really in awe of what he’s done.


Dennis in Benin
Dennis (left), recently back from his Peace Corps post in Benin, Africa

My friend’s fiance, Dennis, is donating bone marrow tomorrow morning at 6:30am for a 60 year old woman in California whom he’s never met.

He’s undergoing the more invasive marrow donation (through the hip) procedure at Georgetown Hospital.

If you read this, please say a prayer. For the procedure, a speedy and pleasant recovery for Dennis, and the woman in California who needs this transplant and the loved ones affected by her illness.