Sweet Preston got his transplant on Wednesday evening! It’s rather uneventful & painless, and is basically like getting blood. It took about an hour & half and a nurse had to push it through a syringe since it was so viscous. His family celebrated with a Transplant Birthday Party, complete with hats, cupcakes, & presents. Now it’s a big waiting game for him. They have to wait for engraftment, which will hopefully happen within the next month.
Preston’s bone marrow donor was a 24 year old girl from Germany. Becoming a donor is incredibly simple – they send you a kit of 3 swaps to collect cheek cells, along with the packing to send it back & you are added to the registry. Many kids & adults like Preston need donors (Preston’s sisters & parents were not matches for him), so if you aren’t signed up to be a donor I encourage you to go to http://www.marrow.org/ and sign up. It’s easy & painless & you could save a life!