Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Small Gesture, Big Cause

Christie Rampone and Marian Dalmy fill out paper work to become part of the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Almost all of the members of the U.S. Women's National Team took 10 minutes out of their busy days yesterday after the morning training to become a part of the National Bone Marrow Registry. It's a cause near to the heart of U.S. legend Mia Hamm, whose foundation is focused on providing support for two important causes: raising funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continuing the growth in opportunities for young women in sports. Hamm's brother passed away in 1997 from complications related to aplastic anemia. The Bone Marrow Drive, organized by the The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation, the LA Galaxy Foundation, the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA and Chivas de Corazón, was in part trying to find a donor for the wife of Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams as Marcia has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. While it is unlikely that any of the U.S. players would be a match for what is a rare blood type, the players are now in the registry and may be contacted if they are a match for someone in need. Click these links for more information about Andy and Marcia as well as bone marrow donation.


Alondra said...

That's really cool.

Unknown said...

If you're interested in marrow donation, you might also look into Gift of Life. They're a bone marrow registry that has been very active online. They're trying to find people who can help raise awareness through blogs and social networking, similar to this post.

Keep up the great work!