Thursday, June 23, 2011
UPDATED: Attend Saturday’s FC Dallas game and help save a kid’s life
Here's your chance to be a real-life hero.
UPDATE: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring Jonah Gomez, the 7-year-old who needs a bone marrow transplant, will air at 6 p.m. Sunday, October 2 on ABC. More than 2,000 people registered to be a donor during the events described below, but Jonah still does not have a match. To find out how you can help, go to www.GetSwabbed.org.
Saturday's game pitting FC Dallas against the Portland Timbers at Frisco's Pizza Hut Park will be about more than just soccer. (Not to imply that soccer isn't important in and of itself.)
In addition to rooting for their hometown team, attendees at the game (along with those at six other matches around the country) will have a chance to become real-life heroes by potentially saving the life of 7-year-old Jonah Gomez, a good kid with a bad blood disease.
DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center, will be taking cheek swabs from courageous soccer fans (at the North Concourse of Pizza Hut Park) in the hopes of finding a bone marrow match for Jonah.*
[NOTE that, even if you're unable to attend Saturday's game, you can still register online to become a bone marrow donor by simply clicking here.
Jonah Gomez lives with his family in South Jordan, Utah, where he's a big fan of the Real Salt Lake soccer club. He dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, but he has blood cancer and won't survive without a bone marrow transplant.
Jonah and his family are getting a big surprise today because the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) folks are showing up on their front doorstep to whisk them off to Disneyland while they (the EMHE folks) work their homebuilding magic; over the next seven days the team will erect a brand new house for Jonah and his family, one that will include a space big enough for Jonah to practice soccer when the weather outside might prevent him from doing so.
The other cities participating in Saturday's bone marrow registration drive are Salt Lake City; Pasadena, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Kansas City.
Ever wondered what it would be like to save a life? Here's your chance to find out.
* Those registering with DKMS must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the national registry and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant.
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