Marrow in Me
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Marrow in Me

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by 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

Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981986166
Publisher:
Sports Challenge Network
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,467,700
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

What People are saying about this

Lenn Robbins
"Every now and then you need to read a profound book that gets you back in balance with what life's all about. Kevin Walsh's The Marrow in Me is one of those books."--(Lenn Robbins, Writer, NY Post)
Jim Nantz
"Kevin Walsh tells a most inspiring story that is both remarkable and unforgettable. Just when you think the odds are stacked against you, this book reminds you that anything is possible!"--(Jim Nantz, CBS Sports)
Ron Borges
"If you feel the need to be inspired to DO something rather than just talk about it, or simply to smile rather than frown, reading "The Marrow in Me" is the answer. Kevin Walsh's story of how he tried to save the life of a 16-year-old boy is a winding, whimsical tale of good luck, good works, good television reporting and one good man's decision to face the pain of a bone marrow transplant in the hopes of ending the pain of someone he'd never met. It's a lesson too, a lesson that one person can do more than we may think and a reminder that sometimes in the least likely circumstances we learn we've really all been put on earth to work together. When we do, as Kevin and the folks he met along his journey learn, miracles can happen. The Marrow in Me is one of them."--(Ron Borges, Sports Columnist Boston Herald)

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