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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

City of Hope is a hospital in Duarte, California that is one of 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the highest designation a hospital can earn from the National Cancer Institute. The designation is a recognition of excellence in cancer treatment, prevention, research and education. In 2010, Gavin Wolfrank was just a few years old and suffering from leukemia. After fighting the disease for 2 years, the one hope left was bone marrow transplant.

Thankfully, Catherine Benson, of Essex, England had registered to donate her bone marrow. She was a match for Gavin. In 2010 he underwent the procedure at City of Hope, and in May he was able to meet Catherine in person at the 36th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion and thank her for her gift.

Hubby and I were able to sign up for the registry nearly a dozen years ago and have so far not been called. We periodically get a letter in the mail verifying our address and contact information; otherwise there’s no effort required on our part. No sweat!

If you’d like to have a chance to save a life someday, sign up for the registry yourself. Want to do more to help the fight against cancer? Donate online.

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