Exposures
February 20, 2014
I Care: Giving back, down to her very bones

Sitting snugly under a warm air blanket, Heidi Jamieson shows little to no apprehension about the bone marrow harvest procedure she's about to undergo at Sutter General Hospital early Tuesday morning. The 34-year-old Rocklin mother worries more about her four children at home with their grandmother and whether her 3-month old baby is accepting a bottle. It's because of her love for children that she and her husband Jeff signed up for a national bone marrow registry after their son Jake was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. Luckily, one of his siblings was a tissue match and the transplant was successful, but she says it broke her heart to watch other families whose children passed away because they couldn't find a donor match. Now she hopes her donation will help save another. "Going through it with our own child, ... it's been very interesting to be on this end of it," she says. "We feel like it's kind of come full circle."

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