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July 10-15, 2017

At the Y, we believe that all people deserve to live to their fullest potential. As one of the nation’s leading charity organizations, improving the nation’s and our community’s health is a top priority. By working with individuals and families, organizations and communities, the Y strives to help people live well, reduce their risk for chronic disease, and reclaim their health. Our Healthy Heroes Week is designed to reach out to not just our Y members, but to everyone in our community. All the events during this week are free to attend. So join us for this week of health, wellness, and prevention at both our Central and West Branch locations.

The schedule of events is as follows:

West Branch – 707 S. Main St., Sandwich

  • • Monday: Blood Pressure checks with YMCA certified Blood Pressure Ambassadors.

    • Tuesday: Blood Drive provided by Heartland Blood Centers, 2-6pm.

    • Wednesday: Hearing Screenings provided by Connect Hearing. 9am-12:45pm & iCash 9am-3pm. Med drop-off 8-12pm provided by the Kendall County Coroner.

    • Thursday: DKMS US Bone Marrow Checks, 5:30am-7:45pm. Diabetic Retinopathy provided by the Sandwich Lion’s Club, 8:30am-1:30pm.

    • Friday: File Of Life & Sandwich Fire Department Touch-a-Truck at 9am.

    Contact Nicole Pearson at 815-786-9998 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

    Schedule subject to change.

Central Branch – 3875 Eldamain Rd., Plano

  • • Monday: DKMS US Bone Marrow Checks, 9am-8pm.

  • • Tuesday: Blood Pressure checks with YMCA certified Blood Pressure Ambassadors 8-10am

  • Wednesday" Med drop-off site, 8am-12pm.

  • • Thursday: iCash from 9-3pm. Diabetic Retinopathy provided by the Sandwich Lion’s Club, 1:30-4:30pm.

    Contact Ashley Brunoehler at 630-552-4100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.
    Schedule subject to change.

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to partner with Delete Blood Cancer to raise awareness about blood cancer and bone marrow donation. The more donors we register, the more lives we can save. Did you know that approximately 70 percent of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family? So far, our Healthy Hero Weeks have produced two matches! So join us and GET SWABBED, you may be the cure!

 

EVAN'S STORY:

 

"Last year at the YMCA “Bone Marrow Drive” I signed up thinking that I would never be a match. Little did I know that less than a month later, I was already a match for a man with leukemia (less than 1 in 100 chance). I got a call saying that I had been matched and immediately the process of donating my bone marrow started. Luckily, the Delete Blood Cancer Foundation was very happy to walk me through everything that was about to happen.

For the first couple of weeks, it was all phone calls and emails, making sure that I was a proper match and signing the necessary paperwork. Next were the blood tests and doctor’s visits to make sure I was healthy enough to proceed. I never once had to set up anything. The bone marrow organization does everything for you. They set up your appointments, pay the fees, and even gave me an estimated time to drive to my appointments from my house. After a thorough physical and more lab work, they determined I was a good candidate to donate bone marrow.

There are two options of donating based on what the doctor thinks will yield the best chance for success.  I met with a doctor who walked me through the two possible procedures and answered all of my questions and concerns. It was determined that I would have the peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation procedure. I had to receive shots once a day for a week leading up to my donation. The organization set up an in-home nurse that came to my house and gave me the shots.The next step was the actual procedure which was in St. Paul, Minnesota. The foundation flew us (my dad went with me) to Minnesota and provided a hotel and driver.The procedure took a total of about 8 hours.  Blood was removed from a vein in one arm, passed through a machine, and then returned through a vein in my other arm. The staff was very friendly and talked me through everything that was happening. Once the procedure started, they had a TV and movies to keep me occupied. The procedure itself was not very painful, the hardest part was just staying occupied. After the procedure, my arms were pretty stiff but that was the worst of it and it only lasted a couple of days.I would definitely donate again as it was an experience of a lifetime knowing that you're helping a very sick person. I would encourage everybody to sign up to be put on the donation list.

One last thought: Early in the process I was informed that my recipient was too sick to receive the stem cells. While I knew it was unlikely I would ever meet this man, there was a tremendous sense of disappointment for me and my folks. We, as a family, had already prepared for this mentally and felt saddened by the prospect that the procedure might never take place. Sitting around the house at a Christmas party with friends, I let them know that things were back in motion and you’ve read that story above. It would be interesting to know how things are for the recipient, but it just can’t work that way. I do know that I received a very nice letter from my Delete Blood Cancer rep. She said they were proud of me and when they heard the stem cells had been harvested successfully, they rang a bell in their office and cheered. I think that was thank you enough."

~Evan Dell

 

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