Elijah is doing amazingly well through his chemo treatment. We are so thankful that he has had another good day.
We were able to rent an apartment nearby today. This is an answer to prayer as well.
Please pray for Elijah's bone marrow donor. We know that she is 36 year old, caucasian female who lives on the west coast. The harvesting (she will have some marrow extracted from her hip bone) will be on Thursday. And, Lord willing, the marrow will arrive overnight that night and Elijah will get the donated cells through his port on Friday morning.
Please pray that she would have little pain and a quick recovery time. We are so greatful for the sacrifice she has made to help someone she has never met. She only knows that he is a 5 year old AA male with shwachman diamond syndrome. We are not allowed to write her until one year post transplant as per the national bone marrow registry regulations. And what a letter of appreciation that will be.
Most often, bone marrow donor matches are race specific meaning that the best matches come from people of the same ethnicity. Elijah's donor is Caucasian. He is the son of Caucasian parents. And yet, he is, by all accounts, African American and comes from a beautiful African American family. How profound of a statement it is that God is reminding us of how we are so more the same we are than different. Elijah's journey transcends racial barriers to tell the story of God's faithfulness. He has truely knit together a family that extends now to someone on the West Coast willing to endure pain and sacrifice for a precious little boy who needed something only she could give. We are humbled by her gift and we look forward to the day that she we can share Elijah's story with her.