I know how to use a computer.
The only other person in my family who can is my dad. Unfortunately, he won't be able to update you for quite a long time about his health since he'll be pretty out of it for the next little while.
So that's what I'm for.
Most of you will probably know this, since you would have found my blog through the website, or through me, but I'll give a summary anyways....
My dad was recently diagnosed with Myelofibrosis and, without a bone marrow transplant, it turns into incurable leukemia.
After months planning, my mom, her team of volunteers, and the Gift of Life foundation pulled off an amazing bone marrow drive in order to find a match for my dad. We recruited more than 1400 people to get their bone marrow type tested, and had even more show up for support. In total, so far, we have recruited 2,057 people to get tested.
That drive ended up costing out family about $75,000 US, because the Canadian Blood Services organization that deals with bone marrow-Onematch- refused to help us run a drive. Instead, we had to go to an American Organization called The Gift of Life based in Florida. Each kit costs us $54 to be tested. Despite efforts, we were unable to find help from OneMatch to pay off the bill after they refused to help us run a drive. But in a mere 8 weeks, we raised the money ourselves, with the help of many volunteers and have paid off our debt.
After all this, we finally found out that my dad had found a bone marrow match.
His transplant date is set for July 28th 2009.
This will be called Day 0. Everyday before Day 0 I will be referring to as a negative number, and any day after will be referred to as a plus number.
He is set to move into the hospital on July 22, or, "Day -6".
From that day on (maybe a few more times before) I will be updating this blog with new information on him, his health status, and anything else you would want to know.
For more information you can go to our website, www.theoffice.com
You can check out our Facebook group with some past history
A Toronto Star article about our struggle here
And you can email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org