What a year it has been! We have had a year of tremendous growth at the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link. We celebrated 25 years of providing help and support to transplant patients, caregivers and their loved ones. We look forward to the next 25 years with continued hope and promise. We could not accomplish any aspect of our mission without your support, and we sincerely thank you. We have remained true to our mission of providing psychosocial support to patients, caregivers and health care professionals navigating the bone marrow transplant journey with success, compassion and hope.

We are so thankful to our distinguished LINK Partners, countless individuals, volunteers, foundations, pharmaceuticals and organizations who have wholeheartedly supported us over the past 25 years. Thanks in advance for any gift you decide to give. It is greatly appreciated and will be put to great use.

Dear Friends of the LINK,

I am writing to you as a fellow member of a club we never intended to join—cancer survivors. Many of you may also be a part of the club’s bone marrow/stem cell caregiver/loved one subcommittee.

Also, I have the honor of being a part of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link team and of serving this organization in the development department, which means, in our non-profit world, I try to raise the funds needed to keep us operating.

We’re aware that you are most likely buried in a mountain of sincere appeal letters, all for important and worthy causes, and so I will be brief and to the point, and not impose on your valuable time recounting the history of my own journey.

However, I will share with you the joy I know for being an 18-year post-transplant survivor; and the enormous gratitude I experience each day for my “extra” 18 years of a full life.

Serving the LINK and YOU excites me every day. Imagining how we can better help those who are about to embark on this life-saving journey even keeps me awake at night.

We are a small but mighty group of four, who are paid for part-time work while working so much more than full-time. Why do we devote our time and energy to the LINK? Because we love what we are doing; because we want to make a difference; and we do it for you and for those you love.

When I was diagnosed, I didn’t know the difference between chemo and radiation and I certainly did not know what a patient advocacy organization was all about. But, oh, how much I have learned. 

The help I found then and the assistance we strive to deliver today is meant to inform you, to make you feel that you are not alone and to provide guidance in whatever way you need it.

Your donation, in any amount, will help us to help others.
  • A donation of $9 means the LINK can send a family a resource book on caregiving or a guide on what to expect when receiving a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
  • A donation of $50 ensures we can host another Telephone Series on the effects of cGVHD.
  • A donation of $150 or more guarantees we can present another webinar to educate, to inspire, and, most importantly, to offer hope.

Without you and your support, we simply cannot provide these vital services. Please consider making a gift, in whatever amount is right for you, to the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Claudia Laupmanis
How We Help Others!
We are a phone call away for patients and their loved ones. From one on one peer support to scheduled call series and webinars, we are ready to ease your burden.
Patients, caregivers and health care professionals are amongst those we aim to help through our valued resource books, programs and one on one calls.
We simply cannot do it without the support of corporations, foundations and individuals willing to make a difference in the lives of others.
A Webinar of A Year!
We hosted four webinars this year, two telephone series and an alumni session on fatigue. We also produced a new Resource Directory and our Peer Support Volunteer program. In 2018, we have several NEW, free webinars being planned and a Lunch and Learn series currently being developed. To visit our website, click here!
Great News Regarding Our Award Winning Updated Book!
The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link was recently given a Merit Award in the Patient Education Information category for its updated version of the book, Guide to Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant: What to Expect and How to Move Forward . This resource book benefits patients and their loved ones before, during and immediately following transplant. It also is available in Spanish. Written by a long-time transplant survivor, Keren Stronach, this new publication offers advice, practical tips and clinical information that will help patients across the globe prepare for a life-saving bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Health care professionals are using this book to help patients as well. For more information, visit www.nbmtlink.org. 

Taking Some Time to Commemorate 25 Years of Service.
Seen below: Supporters, friends and front and center, the incredible LINK Founder Myra Jacobs in yellow. Special thanks to Jun and Paul Murphy, our wonderful hosts.
Thank your for being a friend of the nbmtLINK. We simply could not do this without you. If you can support our efforts at this time, we thank you in advance. Every dollar helps. Wishing you good health in the new year.


Peggy Burkhard, Executive Director
(248) 358-1886
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link