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What is the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link?
A second chance at life is our first priority
A History of the nbmtLINK
Sandy was diagnosed with leukemia and needed to leave her 2-year-old child behind in Michigan to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant in Seattle. Sandy was emotionally distraught, not knowing whether she would ever be able to see her daughter again. These thoughts lingered while she spent weeks recovering, in great need of support through this isolating and uncertain time. To ensure that others going through transplant would have this support, Ms. Jacobs worked to create the nbmtLINK. For her work, Ms. Jacobs was recognized through a 2004 national public service award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
The Need for Support and Information
As a remedy, the group began assembling relevant bits of information from dozens of disparate sources and later that year published a booklet. The Resource Guide for Stem Cell Transplant, Including Bone Marrow, Peripheral Blood, and Cord Blood: Friends Helping Friends, now in its fourth edition, not only lists the addresses and phone numbers for support networks, donor information and financial resources, but also explains the transplant process, and discusses practical issues and emotional concerns.
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