Monday, May 16, 2011

One Match

This past weekend I volunteered at a swabbing event for One Match. The patient we were trying to find a match for is Cathy who has Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I don't know who she is (she lives across the country from me) but I read about her battle with leukemia on her website. I wasn't familiar with the One Match before this event, but I definitely learned a lot.

Ethnicity plays a huge role in trying to find a match for someone, which is why various Greek communities throughout Canada were holding these events - Cathy has a better chance of finding a match with a Greek person then a non Greek. Ideal candidates for donors are healthy males between the age of 17-39 (tell your husbands, boyfriends, sons and friends to get registered!). It really takes only about five minutes to register and get swabbed and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. To order a swabbing kit, go here and click on join.

I can't give blood (I'm anemic), and I don't volunteer on a regular basis (I'm an asshole), but this felt pretty good for my soul. The chances of being a match for someone are unfortunately pretty slim, but the hope you can give someone just by registering is huge.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I am suffering from some major writer’s block so I thought I would pilfer a questionnaire I found on another blog.

Diet or Regular? Diet Coke only. Addicted to it. I know, I’m a horrible person for drinking it. Stop judging me.
Pizza or Pasta? Pizza – pepperoni and feta, well done.
Duck or Chicken? Chicken
Fingers or Toes? I don’t understand the question and I refuse to answer it.
Sandals or Sneakers? Flip flops
Walk or Run? Sit on the couch
Noise or Silence? Silence
Fair or Circus? Fair – specifically the greatest outdoor show on earth.
All or Nothing? All I guess? This is kind of a random question. Who would choose nothing?
Mother or Father? Both
Morning or Night? Night.
Forest or Beach? Beach, although it depends if the forest is enchanted or not.
Pen or Pencil? Very sharp pencil
Eyes or Smile? Smile
Winter or Summer? Summer. We get 6 months of snow here, so summer is very appreciated when it decides to show up.

Have a great weekend!