Shaymus Guinn Bone Marrow Drive & Benefit

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 9614 Northwestern Ave Franksville WI 53126  See map

Shaymus (son of Tony Guinn and Karla Baumgart-Guinn) is a young boy, about to turn 11 who has been through way too much pain in his young life. Diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2008, he's endured countless doses of chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, surgery and then was diagnosed with chermotherapy induced A.L.L. (leukemia). Shaymus is now facing bone marrow transplant, with the hopes of Tony (his dad) being the successful donor.

10,000 patients need a marrow transplant, but only 1/2 receive one. These patients depend on people like you. You have the power to save a life.

On March 18th, we hope that you will take the first step to help make their life-saving transplant possible. You can give hope to patients like Shaymus with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases.

BLOODCENTER of Wisconsin, and their team of volunteers will be on site at Franksville Park to walk you through the 10 minutes it takes to add your name to the Be The Match Registry. Joining the Be The Match Registry is easy.
All you need to do is:
-Be between the ages of 18-60
-Be in good health
-Fill out a consent form
-Do a cheek swab

That's it! You'll be listed on the registry where Doctor's turn when they need a matching donor for their patients.

We will have food available for purchase, including some very yummy baked goods. We will also have raffle & silent auction items and will be accepting any donations up until the day of the event.

Any raffle or other donations can be brought to Christie at:
Racine Community Acupuncture
10502 Northwestern Ave, Franksville, WI
or contact Amy for an alternate drop off site at amlot@wi.rr.com

We hope to see everyone at this event. Come out to show your support to Shaymus and the other 10,000 patients currently waiting for a marrow transplant.
Spread the word, get involved, save a life!

Frances Martin February 17, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This is so worthwhile, and literally potentially lifesaving. Unfortunately I can't donate, because I had a bone marrow transplant myself in 2007 my own , in my case but many folks who were in the hospital at the same time are alive today because a stranger donated bone marrow. The procedure itself, I can tell you from experience, is no big deal.
Christie Meendering Kern March 11, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Fran, thanks for sharing your experience! This event is indeed an opportunity to register, if you're interested and qualified. We're also celebrating life and supporting a family in our community. Please, everyone is invited to enjoy the celebration with clowns, games, silent auctions, raffles, food and baked goods. We're helping a family celebrate hope and life, and hope many people will join us!
Heather Rayne Geyer March 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
When they say in good health...does that mean NO health problems? I have a benign heart arrhythmia and I wonder if that would exclude me...I have always wondered about being a donor. I have not been able to donate blood in the past due to anemia and low BP. But I don't think I would have that problem now.
Christie Meendering Kern March 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Hi Heather, According to www.bethematch.org, Heart Disease/Stroke In general, if you have heart disease you cannot become a potential volunteer donor. This includes a past heart attack, any history of angioplasty, bypass surgery, heart valve replacement surgery or pacemakers. However, some heart conditions such as congenital defects surgically corrected in childhood, mitral valve prolapse (MVP) that is well controlled, or successful cardiac ablation will not prevent you from registering to become a donor. Your situation will be evaluated on an inidividual basis. So, it may be best to attend the event where BloodCenter of Wisconsin personnel can discuss your situation directly with you. I hope this helps, and thank you for your inquiry.
Ron March 20, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I too received a transplant in 2007, March 9,2007 from an unrelated donor from Germany. A Stem Cell Transplant. I was cured of MDS or Chronic Luekemia and Pre Acute Luekemia. I work with two Blood Centers to Volunteer to sign up donors at Drives like this one. I normally help Todd Coleman out from Southern Wisconsin Blood Center,but he had no idea that I am from that area,and didn't call on me to help. I regret that I wasn't there,I went to school with Shaymus's Aunt. I can't spell ou enough how important it is,if you haven't signed up to be a Donor, do it now!!! You have no idea what your future holds or someone close to you!!!!
Ron March 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hi Frances, I am a Stem Cell Recipient myself from 2007. Mine was March 9, 2007 at UW Madison. When and where was your's? If anyone is reading this, that hasn't signed up to be a donor,and can, please consider!!! Frances and I are living testimonials of how important it is and can unexpectantly be!!! I can help you connect with people that can sign you up if you want my help, or you can visit www.marrow.org on line and sign up there!!!
Christie Meendering Kern March 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hi Ron, Thank you SO much for your comments. I'm sorry you missed the event - it was a magical day. Our community is amazing - so generous with love, hope, and joy! We have an unconfirmed 64 donors that signed up on Sunday at the event, and the benefit was a trememdous success! Thank you to every person who came and shared this beautiful day with us. You are all heroes!


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