Friday, September 3, 2010

We Lost Another Shwachman-Diamond Friend Today

David Smyth passed away today.  He developed leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, there was not a bone marrow donor match in any of the marrow donor registries around the world. Saving David Smyth was a website set up to help find a match and keep people updated on his condition.

It is always a shock to lose another Shwachman-Diamond friend.  We know all too well that it could be us losing a child one day.  Back in 2006, early 2007, they felt Joseph may need a transplant.  We were close enough that they ran him through the registry (Prelim search) and found that he had no matches.  I cannot imagine the pain that David's family is going through....but I can really appreciate the statement, "There but for the grace of God go I," today. 

If you have not registered to be a bone marrow donor, please consider joining the registry.  You could Be the Match and be the one to save a life.

We received the bone marrow biopsy results back this week and things look okay for another year.  We're the lucky ones right now.  I cannot imagine losing a child.  Please keep the Smyth family in your prayers.

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