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Regarding the Jan. 13 article, “Tucsonan donates stem cells twice, enlists fellow Jews in Gift of Life Program,” I am writing to express my admiration for Bryan Jaret-Schacter for his selfless stem cell donations to the Gift of Life Foundation. His message to the community is so very important.

Hopefully, the bone marrow registry drive on Jan. 29 at the JCC was a success to be followed by subsequent drives.

On a personal note, a young cousin has been fighting for her life since August 2011. Lacey Horwitch is a 9-year-old Northbrook, Ill., resident. She was in bone marrow failure due to her fight with two rare and simultaneous conditions, HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistocytosis) and RTH (resistance to thyroid hormone). Her journal is compelling and heartbreaking, and can be found at caringbridge.org/visit/horwitchfamily.

Lacey’s parents have dedicated themselves to raising awareness of the need to register for bone marrow donations. Successful drives in Lacey’s honor have been held in Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Kentucky, New York, Colorado and Nevada. Several potential matches have been found! Please consider registering.

— Joy Kerman

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