Being a hero and saving people’s life in 21st century is very easy. By joining bone marrow registry it will be possible to become a hero. You can give Alireza and other Leukemia patients the chance of getting back to their normal life and be happy, hopeful and strong like before. We shouldn’t wait until leukemia knocks one of our friends' and relatives' door and then do the registry. If you have not registered yet, please do it right now. Tomorrow might be too late for some people. This is our duty as a human and it could be a great help for every one of us one day. Let's unite and make a difference.
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By: Mrs. Sadler, PACI Founder and CEO
We are late into the month of October, ard from others. As a breast cancer survivor, this month always causes me to pause and reflect on what I have experienced and the stories I have heard from others. This month I have been thinking a lot about the emphasis I and PACI have placed on early detection. Obviously, early detection is vitally important because it saves lives, but once that life is saved, what should we do with it?
I have seen many different answers to this question. Some feel they should "move on." They should forget their cancer. They should live life as if cancer had just been a bad dream from which they had finally awoken. I believe that this is merely sweeping dirt under the carpet. Unfortunately, there is so much dirt that you will eventually trip on the lump and injure yourself.
Some feel that the cancer bonds them to a special group of people, fellow survivors. That only fellow survivors can truly understand what they have become. That only be close and frequent contact with other members of the group can they learn to live again. I believe that this is merely rolling yourself up in the carpet. Eventually, you will smother yourself.
And others believe that they must take their experiences to the public. Make others aware of what they experienced and how they have survived. Raise the publics' consciousness so that breast cancer is no longer taboo, but can be discussed freely and openly like any major life experience. I believe that this is walking across the carpet to open the door and step out into the beautiful world that our futures can become. As Maz jobrani’s father used to say "if you can learn from other peoples' experiences then you will always be ahead in life."
Please send us the story of how you have coped with your cancer. How you helped a friend or family member who experienced their own or a loved one's cancer. Tell us how you spoke to a stranger next to you on an airplane about your, or their, cancer. With your name or without it, as you choose, and with approval of the PACI board, we will publish your stories on this website. We, as a community, can guide ourselves to the door of our beautiful futures.
Heartfelt thanks to Lefky Mansi, Jonathon Weedman and Ara Kanbarian. With the generous support of Wells Fargo, PACI is able to sponsor more individuals joining the Bone Marrow Registry.
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