Learn-Ask-Give

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rom Emmanuel

My handspindle arrived from Kentucky. I have started spinning some gorgeous carded wool I bought from Local Harvest which is an excellent resource for anyone looking for farm-related products. I’m not very good at it yet but I’ve got the basic idea and I think I’ll get better with time.

While I’m spinning wool there’s a little boy in Orion’s class who’s mother has been diagnosed with leukemia. She needs a bone marrow transplant and is looking for a match. The information about providing the match suggested that her best bet would be a person of Asian-American descent. Apparently there is a shortage of minority donors in the registry. She has three small children and is currently requiring blood donations daily. She needs an O donor for blood.

She appears to be about my age, with kids the same age as mine and living in the same area. It’s hard to imagine what they must be going through. Imagine waiting for a stranger to save your life. All you can do is ask everyone you know and see what happens. I think asking for anything is one of the hardest part of relationships. You run the risk of being turned down, which can be mutually uncomfortable if the person wants to help you but can’t. Sometimes it’s possible for the person to say yes but at some great cost unknown to you. Altruism is hard to maintain in any enduring relationship. Maybe it’s easier to accept from strangers, but harder to find. Where do you find someone willing to harm themselves for the benefit of a stranger?

There has to be a connection. Maybe sharing the same human experience is enough of a connection, but it doesn’t always seem that way. Why is it that we can connect with disasters half a world away and donate money, time or skills but ignore unsolicited resumes or email requests? Why is it that a stranger at our door is perceived at best as a nuisance and at worst, a threat, but a media blitz about hungry children, a needy public radio station, or even a well-funded animal shelter can bring out our hearts and pocketbooks?

Maybe it’s because they make a personal connection. Maybe I can begin the connection for Sheryl. More info below:

Where Can I Get Registered? City of Hope – Call for an appointment BE THE MATCH Marrow Registry 1500 East Duarte Road Amini TMB, 2040 Duarte, CA 91010-3012 (626) 301-8483 http://www.cityofhope.org/BloodDonorCenter/marrow.html

BLOOD DONATION (TYPE: O+ OR O-) or PLATELET DONATION (Not-restricted; Anyone can donate)If you would like to donate blood for Sheri, please contact: City of Hope 626-471-7171 to arrange an appointment. When calling, specify that you are donating on behalf of:! Sheryl Co Medical record # 10011749 Please call early as possible as appointments may fill up for the dates you want.

* Sheryl has been getting blood and/or platelets almost everyday. Whenever she receives a blood or platelets donated especially for her, it comes with a yellow tag. She feels your love and care every time she sees those yellow tags. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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