Airdrie Family Wants You To “Pay it Forward”
Can you imagine having a normal day at home with your family, running around with your kids, only to be told hours later that the lump in your 3 year old’s abdomen, that you suspected was appendicitis, was in fact a tumour?
Well, that’s what happened to Airdrie’s Chris and Megan Crowell. Beautiful, bright eyed Christian is fighting cancer and his family’s world was turned upside down in a matter of hours.
Christian has Stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma. What a trooper - he has been through 7 chemotherapy sessions at Alberta Children’s Hospital. He will continue to endure these chemo sessions for another 36 weeks, in addition to another surgery and 7 weeks of radiation.
In the midst of this overwhelmingly painful diagnosis comes the joy of living in a community that has pulled together to help this family. Many have reached out in support in many different ways. Random people, groups and organizations offering prayer, time and money - whatever they can do to help - and most of these people will never realize the positive impact it has had on their family.
The Crowells are so overwhelmed with the kindness, support and generosity of Airdrionians that they want to “Pay it Forward” by hosting a bone marrow registration night in Christian’s name. What a better way to gather the community so that Megan, Chris, Christian, Evelyn (2) and Ryan (8 months) can say THANK YOU for the support they’ve been given. There is such a need for bone marrow donors, especially young males between the ages of 17 and 30.
On Monday, April 4, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., join the Crowell family for a visit and help them achieve their goal of 1000 online registrations by the end of June 2011. Computers will be set up in the gym at A.E. Bower’s School, where Chris teaches grade 1. This is for the purpose of registering to become a potential bone marrow donor through onematch.com. Once you register online, OneMatch will mail you a swab kit. Instructions are provided for you to swab your cheeks and to return the swabs in the postage paid package. From there, OneMatch will register your information in a central database. If your DNA matches someone in need of bone marrow, OneMatch will then contact you. It is a simple and PAIN FREE process and you could save somebody’s life.
If you are unable to attend this registration event but still want to participate, you can register at onematch.ca. Then please visit Christian’s blog at www.fightforchristian.com to notify Megan and Chris that you’ve registered with onematch.ca so that they can track the number of people who have registered in Christian’s honor.
Please help us reach our goal of 1000 registrations by June 30, 2011 and satisfy the crucial need for bone marrow donors across the world.