Journal entry by Leslie Cavanaugh

I wanted to update everyone on the WKU donor drive from this weekend.  In just 4 days they had 413 people register!!  Kits should be arriving in the mail this week for anyone that registered.  I’m praying that folks follow through and mail back their swab kit. For anyone that would like to get on the registry (target age group 18-44) please text Cure154 to 61474. The process takes 5 minutes and a kit is mailed out within 3-5 days.

On Monday, Alyssa finished up her last day of chemo for this round.  Her WBC is extremely low right now, which is a good thing.  It means that all that chemo over the last 2 months is doing its job.  Her bone marrow biopsy that was scheduled for this Thursday has been moved to next Tuesday.  They don’t like to do any kind of invasive procedure when the WBC is that low.  They are hoping that number will rebound somewhat over these next 7 days.  Alyssa is still feeling good, but is VERY tired (a result of low WBC). Also, 4 days of going to WKU basketball and volleyball games has taken its toll.  We are cautiously optimistic that she is on the right track for remission.  The next step is finding her donor.  PLEASE, to anyone that asks about her, tell them about getting on the registry! We’ve had a lot of people saying they would help with a donor drive here in Louisville...if anyone has ideas on the best way to reach the most (young) people, please reach out to me.  The contact person at BeTheMatch will help with coordinating things.  After attending the events at WKU, we have a much better sense on how to make this work.

Again, thank you everyone for your prayers. And please promote the bone marrow registry every chance you get! If you have questions about the bone marrow donor process, most of your questions can be answered at In the majority of cases, donating is a simple as giving blood.  We won’t know what is required of Alyssa’s donor until we get right down to the process of scheduling the transplant. If given the chance to save someone’s life, I believe in my heart, that most people would do what it takes.

Here’s Travis Hudson (WKU head volleyball coach) talking about registering:

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