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A Personal Appeal for Bone Marrow Donors

If you have been to this blog before, you probably know that I have worked hard to raise money for my participation in the Pan-Mass Challenge- to fight cancer. Both inspired and impressed, I have also been a fan of Drew Olanoff’s clever “BlameDrewsCancer” campaign, conceived in the face of his own cancer diagnosis.

In the course of my fundraising, I have declined to name any people or people close to me with cancer, though there have been (and continues to be) some. However, I did want to highlight the plight of a friend, and with that remind people of something else they can do- consider becoming a bone marrow donor.

Janelle James, niece of my oldest friend, Bruce James (literally my oldest, we lived across the street from each other from the day we were born), and daughter of his older brother David, is facing a fight with leukemia that requires a bone marrow transplant. If you happen to be in the Lawrence, Massachusetts or Derry, New Hampshire area, you can join the marrow registry during a drive on September 29 (see flyer below), and potentially help Janelle or someone like her.

If you are elsewhere, there is information at on joining the marrow registry, as well as information about what is involved. It’s a bit more of a commitment than writing a check, but to save a life…

Will you think about it?

By the way, the Derry, NH info is below, but Lawrence time and location for the 9/29  Marrow registry is:

Techprint Inc., 137 Marston Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
Time: 1:00PM – 2:30PM, Tuesday, September 29th


8 Responses to A Personal Appeal for Bone Marrow Donors

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    RT@DougH A Personal Appeal for Bone Marrow Donors [link to post] I #blamedrewscancer that a 14 year-old girl needs to go through this

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    @DougH My 18yo son and I are both a part of the Bone Marrow Registry at

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    RT @DougH: A personal appeal: consider joining the bone marrow donor registry: [link to post] (leukemia has hit a close friend’s famil

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  4. Helen Fritzie says:

    Hi Dough! I am also a bone marrow donor and hope I will be able to help in some small way if ever called upon to do so. (I have not actually donated as of yet!)
    Thanks for all your hard work and blessings to all!
    Helen in Pensacola, Florida

  5. Doug Haslam says:


    Thanks! I know it’s a bit of a commitment to actually donate, but it’s gotta beat being on the other end. donors are the lucky ones.

    I signed up to be a donor, waiting for my DIY kit to come in the mail (I can’t make the 9/29 event in person unfortunately)

  6. spacejams says:

    it must be very funny there.

  7. ghdhair says:

    I enjoy your post so much.Thank you!

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