I, Sweet William The Scot, went to my post office box and found I had gotten an envelope from Wally & Sammy & Ella all the way from South Africa by way of Sweden. My this envelope was racking up the milage.
The Match registry is one of many registries of unrelated donors and cord blood units in the world. Most large, developed nations have such registries. Large registries of unrelated donors are needed because only about 30% of patients with diseases treatable with hematopoietic cell transplantation can find a suitable donor among their family members.
The remaining 70% require an unrelated hematopoietic cell donor as a transplant source. Because the odds that two random individuals are HLA matched exceeds 1 in 20,000, a registry's success depends on a large number of volunteer donors. Those donors give us HOPE.
Two bloggers one in Johannesburg and one in Cincinnati found out they were connected by a rare disorder and the one in Johannesburg sent us a bandana of HOPE.
Thank you Sammy & Wally & Ella for The Gift.
They also sent me a fridge Magnet that says South Africa.
Hope ~ English
iThemba ~ Zulu
Hoop ~ Afrikaans
Holofela ~ Sepedi
Fhulufhelo ~ Venda
Tshepo ~ Setswana & Sesotho