Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Great Turnout

Tammy and friend Ralph Turec were interviewed by a reporter from The Kansas City Star.
Caryn Brown and Lana Davis manned Station 3 all day.
Tammy and David Lee visited with friend Rob Johns.
Tammy and Brooke Reaves shared a hug, a common practice for the day.
The sign-up room was a busy all day.
Many times there was a line of people waiting to get tested. This photo was taken at 1:15 p.m.
Tammy's and David's childhood friend, Jim Seals, brought his three kids to get tested. Gerianne Hughs instructed people how to do the test.

John 1:16

"From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another."

We had a huge blessing today as 131 people came to the bone-marrow drive and were tested to see if they could be a match! There were many others who either didn't qualify or who already were in the registry who came just to visit. It was almost like a wedding reception as people from all different parts of our past and present mixed together for one cause. We feel tremendously blessed and honored that so many people came out for this event.

We got to the church at about 9:15 and there were people there already. We finally shut things down a little before 3 p.m. when the last person left, and there never was much of a lull. Tammy was pretty tired after the event, because we couldn't keep her from getting up and greeting people. She had a good, long nap when she got home.

We want to thank many people. Gerianne Hughs organized the event, with the help of our small group, many of whom volunteered their time all day to help people with the process. LaGail Chism of the National Marrow Donor Program processed more than 130 applications and tests. We want to thank everybody who showed up and got tested, or at least tried. We thank all of you for your prayers.

(Tammy was on an Internet radio show today. When the show is archived on the web we'll post the link to the podcast.)

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