Laura Henion of Duvall has a great line. "What," she asks, "if it were your child who needed a bone-marrow transplant? " Henion and other...
Laura Henion of Duvall has a great line.
“What,” she asks, “if it were your child who needed a bone-marrow transplant?”
Henion and other members of the MOMS Club of Duvall have been posing that question to promote a community blood/marrow registry drive at the Duvall Fire Station, 15600 First Ave. N.E., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11.
They’re using the phrase for a good reason: one member’s daughter will need a bone-marrow transplant — soon.
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The family doesn’t want their 5-year-old to know how life-threatening her disease, Fanconi anemia, is. Right now, there are only four possible matches in the National Bone Marrow Registry.
“That is disappointingly low, since they would require further screening,” Henion said.
Ordinarily, the club does lighter-hearted events such as coffee hours, barbecues and playgroups.
Henion said one reason so few people sign up for the bone-marrow registry is the cost — a $25 blood-typing fee. Processing and typing actually costs closer to $75, but the Puget Sound Blood Center uses corporate and individual support to help subsidize it.
Henion and the other moms don’t want the fee to stop potential donors. That’s why they’re soliciting people and businesses to underwrite the fee for would-be donors.
Sadly, the volunteers learned the girl in their midst isn’t alone. Several other Eastside youngsters will need marrow donors within the year.
“These kids love to dance, play, sing and laugh,” Henion said. “They’re like most of our children.”
They just need extra help.
For more information, go to www.momsclubofduvall.org or call Henion at 425-788-3810.
Cristina Coupe was ready to leave her last-period class at Newport High School recently when she was “kidnapped.” Ditto her friend, Rachel Pagan.
It was for fun. A team, coordinated by James Moon and Mark Anderson, pulled off the stunt.
Brian Kramer blindfolded the girls and helped them to Nick Cecil’s car. Cecil and Tim Reeves drove them around town, stopped the car finally and led the blindfolded girls to benches at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
“I could hear a water fountain and music,” Coupe said.
The live music was played by friends Michael Terasaki, Thomas Tolbert and Tyler Nichol. Then Moon and Anderson helped the high-school seniors shed their blindfolds, handed them bouquets of tulips and popped the question: Will you go to prom with us?
Think that’s complicated?
The senior prom was last Saturday. In the morning, the whole group went to a track meet, then the Folklife Festival. After that, they dressed up for the prom and boarded a big RV driven by Pagan’s parents. Dinner was at Salty’s Restaurant, and then they went to a friend’s house for dessert, to the prom and lastly to post-prom parties.
It wasn’t just an event to remember, it was an unforgettable weekend, said Coupe.
One last grin
The bumper sticker on the gold Honda Odyssey conveyed an interesting political message. The red, white and blue sign read: “Republicans for Voldemort.”
Lord Voldemort, in case you haven’t read the Harry Potter books, is the evil character intent upon killing Harry.
The reader who saw the minivan turn into a Kirkland elementary school wondered if this was a Democrat down on President Bush or a Republican in favor of extreme tactics.
Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org