Marrow in Meby Kevin Walsh
How that one golf ball found its way into Hawaii resident Chris Pablo's basket at the driving range, God only knows. Weeks after being diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chris saw an older, scuffed up ball in his basket. He plucked it out, turned it over and saw the words beat leukemia stamped on the side. Despite great odds against finding an unrelated… See more details below
How that one golf ball found its way into Hawaii resident Chris Pablo's basket at the driving range, God only knows. Weeks after being diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chris saw an older, scuffed up ball in his basket. He plucked it out, turned it over and saw the words beat leukemia stamped on the side. Despite great odds against finding an unrelated bone marrow donor to help cure his blood cancer, a match was found in a man who was a double amputee.
The golf ball discovery and tsunami of media coverage set into motion a series of other miracles as heartwarming as the Hawaiian sun. The family of two-year-old leukemia patient Alana Dung asked for similar coverage to drive people to their daughter's bone marrow registration drives. The chance of matching any one person and going to transplant is about one in 200. Of the 30,000 who came out to help Alana, more than 86 went to transplant.
In the center of those matches is the compelling story of the author, Kevin Walsh. As a young news anchor and reporter Kevin covered the stories of Chris Pablo and Alana Dung from the beginning for Honolulu's KGMB-TV. Kevin registered as a potential donor on the final day of Alana's drive. Four years later he got the call that he was the only match in the world for a 16-year-old boy with leukemia whom he'd never met. The storyteller became a major part of the storyline, having his marrow sucked out of his bones in the attempt to save a life.
The Marrow in Me tells the full story of what's involved in one of the most interesting, but often misunderstood life saving missions. Does it hurt? And would I have the guts to do it? The Marrow in Me answers all the relevantquestions.
The Marrow in Me ends with the author returning to his one time island home to run in the Honolulu Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to honor the boy who received his marrow and other selected honorees. Kevin's homecoming includes an emotional reunion with Chris Pablo, the man who helped start The Marrow in Me journey. Chris gave Kevin a dozen golf balls with the words beat leukemia stamped on the side, and instructions to lose them. The balls are now scattered across America. One day someone like Chris Pablo will find one, sparking new stories of inspiration and miracles like The Marrow in Me.
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