What is newsworthy? Fatal car accidents, sports scores (very important!) or what about saving lives? Well, I think that they all deserve some kind of news coverage. People seek knowledge and yet some people are oblivious to the things that make a true difference in other peoples lives. SAVING LIVES IS NEWSORTHY.
I ran into Devin Sicilian, a local news personality on WDIV, Channel 4, at the Shinola Store ribbon cutting party. He knows of my story from years past and told me that he would follow up with me after the Shinola party. I was delighted to know that Devin held his end of the bargain. He did reach out to the station to cover my story in hopes that education can once again become a main focus to the masses, along with educating people that the process of donation is MUCH more simplified. It only takes a few large cotton swabs of the inside of your cheek and YOU'RE in! Then, to actually donate (should you be so lucky to have matched a patient out there), the donation process itself is like giving blood. The machines do the hard work and the donor is free to watch TV or just chill for a while and then go home. Life saved.
So back to today, after my morning laps around this place, I got the message that Channel 4 would be here at 11 am along with my doctor, Dr. Uberti, to film me, story, and the team here at Karmanos. I know that waiting for ten long years was torture enough for me and if I can help lessen that waiting period for other patients, then there was no doubt in my mind that I would do anything I could to use my pain for someone else's healing.
Between my family and friends, business owners and clients and now the news station, the nurses probably think to themselves, what did we get ourselves into with this new patient on our floor? The truth is, we are all working together to achieve the same goal and that is to kill cancer. They are far more educated than I am in regards to the medical ways of treating my cancer. I merely have my experience, thoughts and my voice to spread the word as to why it is important to become a registered bone marrow donor. So I use that voice and let people know just how EASY it is to get registered and make most out of each day God gives me here on Earth.
We all have different roles that God has given us based off of His own vision, and I want to make sure that I am keeping my eyes and ears open to any opportunities that can help to save someone's life. I am going to get a second chance at life because of my donor, and I want to spend the rest of my days paying it forward.
And that, my friends, is newsworthy...stay tuned.