Meet Faith Metzinger of Kenoza Lake, NY
Making a Donor Difference in All That She Does!

In 2010, a Fedex urgent letter arrived at my door. It was the evening of our oldest daughter's college graduation and my house was already bustling with excitement. Early in the evening, I called the number in the letter. I didn't think I would reach anyone late in the day, but I did. She was a wonderful, compassionate woman and understood my over-the-top joy at learning I was a match. She told me the transplant was for a three-year-old boy with leukemia. I had been the owner of a day-care venture for over 20 years at this point. I had had three-year-olds in my care running through my home everyday. This child's situation really hit me even more.  Immediately, I said "Yes".
The next one to two weeks were consumed with paperwork, three to four visits to the lab, a psychological interview and a medical check-up. All of these were completed and I was ready to go in just 40 days from when the letter came.  

For more of Faith's  story  and tips to  navigating  the BMT 
journey.....Click here!

Guide to Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant is set to go to print this month. 
Our new book, Guide to Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant: What to Expect and How to Move Forward will soon be available for patients and caregivers. This updated resource, originally our Survivors' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant: What to Expect and How to Get Through It will provide much needed guidance and support through the bone marrow and stem cell transplant journey before, during and after transplant. This title, updated by Keren Stronach, complements our ongoing commitment to bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients, their caregivers and families. Look for our new title soon. You can contact the nbmtLINK office at 800-546-5268 or email Visit  

Doctors at the University of Michigan want to learn from you! 
  About what?
  About what parents and caregivers tell their children with cancer about their illness, and         why. The doctors hope what they learn will help other people in the future. 
  How can you help?
  You can take a 25- to 30-minute research survey. Your answers will be completely anonymous   and cannot be linked to you or your child.
  Who can take part?
  You can if .... 
    * you are the person who provides the most of child's medical and daily care.
    * you are at least 18 years old, and can read and understand English.
    * your child is over 3 and under 18 years old.
    * your child is either in active treatment (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic                 response modifiers), or completed treatment less than 365 days ago.
  How can you learn more about the study? 
  Click the link below (or copy and paste into any web browser) to read more, and then to         take the survey if you wish to.  Click here for Survey!
  Who are the researchers? 
  Greg Yanik, M.D. (Primary Investigator), Rajen Mody, M.D., Kris Kullgren, Ph.D., Flora Hoodin,   Ph.D., Michelle Byrd, Ph.D., Rachel Kentor, M.S., Lauren Ostarello, M.S., 
  Casiana Warfield, B.S.
  University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
  HUM 00115509

Donations make our programs and new books possible. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions. We are so thankful to our Link Partners!
How do You Celebrate Your Transplant Anniversary?
  Transplant survivors celebrate two birthdays each year, the day they were born and the day of their transplant. 

We invite all survivors to celebrate by receiving a colorful card from the nbmtLINK to commemorate the day. If you would like to receive a card, please contact Cindy Burke at 800-546-5268 or email,

Special thanks to the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), two of our Link Partners and proud sponsors of this program.
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We Invite You to Become A Link Partner!
Link Partners include cancer centers and allied partners who annually support our mission of providing psychosocial support to patients, caregivers, their families and health care professionals dedicated to helping people navigate a bone marrow transplant. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits (books, programs, hyperlink on our website, bookmark inclusion) to being a Link Partner, please do not hesitate to contact us at (248) 358-1886. Want a free bookmark which lists our many Link Partners? Let us know and we will send you one!
American Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT)
Anthem, Inc.
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center
Be The Match
Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, John Theurer Cancer Center at
Hackensack UMC
Blood Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital
Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
City of Hope 
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
DKMS (formerly Delete Blood Cancer)
Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Henry Ford Transplant Institute
Incyte Corporation
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Meredith A. Cowden Foundation
Nebraska Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
UPMC CancerCenter
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link