How would you like to do something really nice for someone else? It won't take much of your time and you could become someone's hero. Giving blood is one way-- but becoming a bone marrow donor takes it another step further. Tremendous good is being done around the world with bone morrow donations.
Here's a wonderful success story from right here in the Coastal Empire. Penny Smith was only 17 when she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia requiring a bone marrow transplant. We've been telling you about Penny beginning years ago with her search for a donor-- all the way through her recovery after the procedure-- and you should see her today. Working in Patient and Guest Relations at Memorial Health, now Penny-Smith Horton is seeing her dreams come true. "I graduated from college, started working here at Memorial, and I got married four years ago, bought a house. I'm able to live a normal life." That's because of a super hero named Andrea Fosse from Germany who registered as a bone marrow donor and turned out to be a match for Penny.
Today Penny has what she calls an overwhelming sense of gratitude that someone she didn't know, who didn't know her, made the effort to give her a second chance at life.
You can be a super hero. For more information contact The Savannah Community Blood Bank-- Kristie Waterfield at 350-6730.
For more information on the Bone Marrow Registry you can log on to www.marrow.org.