All – as much as I love technology, and VMware and EMC, I love my life and my family more – and it’s important to keep perspective on the things that really matter in life.
I’ve never directly re-purposed content, but in this case, I want the original message to get out to as many people as possible.
Please consider helping – the effort is so small, and the potential impact for a fellow human being so great.
One of our fellow EMC family members is in dire need of your help. Nick Glasgow, of our Renewals team in Pleasanton, needs a bone marrow transplant. Nick was a healthy 27 year old when he came down with what was at first believed to be strep throat about nine to ten weeks ago. Eight weeks ago, he was informed that he has Leukemia and was admitted to the hospital immediately for chemotherapy. Nick has endured two rounds of chemotherapy, and received blood, platelet, saline, and antibiotic infusions. These have all failed to put Nick into remission. Nick's white cell blood count is too low for another round of chemo, and has been sent home as antibiotics have been stopped and his immune system is compromised.
Nick's mom, Carole Wiegand (another dear EMC employee), has informed us that what is needed to save Nick's life is a bone marrow donor who is a match. The doctors have advised that they think it is highly unlikely that they can find a match for Nick as a match would need to be 3/4 Caucasian and 1/4 Asian. The doctor indicated that there was probably a 0% chance of finding a donor from the donor list , although they are still currently looking for a match for Nick and this is due to the fact that there are not enough 3/4 Caucasian and 1/4 Asians registered to choose from. Time is of the essence in finding a donor for Nick. Right now his white blood cell count is up to 1,500 (3,500 is low normal) of which the cancerous portion is climbing and has doubled in just a few days. Nick needs a donor match NOW.
What I am asking of you is this, if you fit the criteria of 3/4 Caucasian, 1/4 Asian, please go to http://www.marrow.org/ and start the process in being tested to see if you are a match for Nick. Testing involves a simple blood test. If you know someone who fits the criteria, please urge them to be tested. Nick's life is dependant on finding a match today. Please, please, please take the short amount of time to see if you are the one who can be a miracle to this family. If you do fit the criteria and will be testing immediately, please let Carole Wiegand know...she is keeping a list in case it will be possible to have Stanford look at those potential people first.