Dear friends from the José Carreras Foundation,
In the first place, I want to thank the opportunity you have given me. In May, I was admitted in the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid to undergo a bone marrow transplant in order to overcome the leukaemia which I had been fighting for over a year and a half.
I feel very fortunate. Having this opportunity meant finding a compatible anonymous donor and an institution that would make possible the connection between the donor and me. I owe my life to both. THANK YOU.
This is a real story:
It was the beginning of the 90's. I heard a commercial of the José Carreras Foundation in the radio about the necessity of becoming a donor. In that instant I was parking my car and the only thing I did was save the telephone number in my cell phone's agenda.
I thought about the battle of Mr. Carreras against this illness and I thought the work done in the Foundation, was admirable.
Nevertheless, that was the end of the story. The daily routine, the work, etc. drowned my volatile wish. Only when I changed my cell phone and had to re-enter all of my contacts in my agenda, did the feelings towards the José Carreras Foundation reappear.
On November 9th 2010, after being admitted in the Sanchinarro Hospital in Madrid, they diagnosed Myelomonocytic leukaemia. Some weeks later they told me that my only cure was a bone marrow transplant, although, fortunately, the phase of my illness let them treat me with chemotherapy while they searched for a compatible donor.
Since then, I have lived all kinds of experiences. I have had the chance to know other patients with haematological diseases, who have had different luck. In some cases, the transplant wasn't even a possibility but they kept strong. In others, an autologous transplant was the only possibility. Lastly, I have got to know very brave people who waited patiently for a new opportunity to come.
This is how things are; I can only talk from the most emotional optimism, without being consequent with the risks of the illness and the transplant. Once I heard a conversation between two businessmen: "when the path is hard, only the tough once stay in the path", but in spite of that personal effort that each patient has to make, YOU can make this hope come true with very little.
Many of us are capable of committing to different causes looking for praiseworthy ends, and that imply dedication or economic collaboration, but we do not realize how easy it is to save a life with something we have, independent of our condition. A little bit of blood.
The indecision I felt in the past makes it impossible for me to do it now, but life has brought me the chance to see that thanks to someone who overcame that initial passivity, that initial fear, I HAVE THE CHANCE TO KEEP LIVING... and in my case the question is left behind: What if I wouldn't have done it? Now YOU can make it real for another person... or the person for someone close to you. GIVE LIFE.
Leukaemia patient and member of the Foundation
If you want more information about the donation of bone marrow to help people like Francisco (and many other patients) to have the opportunity of a cure, click HERE. Remember that the donation of bone marrow is altruistic, anonymous, and universal. If you register as a bone marrow donor, you could be making a donation to a person from anywhere in the world. If you want more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on our free phone number (in Spain) 900 32 33 34.
You could also become a member of the José Carreras Foundation. With a little amount you could help us to continue our research.