When our former student, Bennett Williams, enrolled in the Day School, his mom came to the office to speak with us about Bennett's health. When Bennett was 1-year-old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. The brave 3-year-old Bennett joined our PreK3 class while still undergoing chemotherapy. He was in remission after three years of treatment, from 2014 until last month, at which time his family received the devastating news that Bennett has another form of blood cancer. His treatment plan this time includes a bone marrow transplant. While the family was hopeful one of his sisters would be a match, they were not. However, Bennett was fortunate enough to be matched with a donor. Praise God!
The Williams family is focused on raising awareness for blood related cancers and how everyone can help by becoming a registered bone marrow donor. 40% of patients like Bennett never find a matching donor, but together we can change these odds by raising awareness and registering more potential donors. Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. If you are between 18 and 55 and are in general good health, please consider stopping by the donor drive on Sunday, October 14, at Hyer Elementary between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
To learn more about Bennett and becoming a donor, visit www.dkms.org/bennett.