Sacramento mom Ann Silberman is dying. And she wants you to consider how you can save a life, but not hers.
In an opinion column that ran in Sunday's Forum in The Bee, Ann explained how joining the bone marrow registry as a donor can save someone's life. All it takes is a cheek swab and a commitment to step up should you be a match.
"Whose life will you save?" Ann wrote in her column. "How about my son's friend, Kurt Lee? Kurt is a 16-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. He is of Chinese descent and now needs a bone marrow transplant. Can you imagine being 16, missing two years of school - the world of teenage fun: homework and crushes and sports - all going on without you? Can you imagine living your life on chemotherapy, feeling sick and constantly exhausted?
... I won't survive this cancer experience; it's too late for me. But Kurt can live and you can make it happen."
There is a bone marrow drive today for Kurt and others in need. It's from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mira Loma High School, where Kurt attended school until he relapsed recently. For more on the bone marrow drive, click HERE.
To read Ann's column, click HERE.