Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Gunslinger

The next person you photograph might need a bone marrow transplant someday.

Gunslinger, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
This is a special bonus post today, in honor of Michael Trout, the best friend of my son David, who checks in to Fred Hutchison Cancer Center in Seattle today to begin the process of receiving a full bone marrow transplant. He'll receive radiation for five days before the procedure.

I took this photo of Michael several years ago during a visit with my family in Albany, Oregon, with no idea at the time either on his part or mine that we would be in this situation today, with his life in grave danger from a mysterious blood ailment so rare that doctors don't even have a name for it. Thank God for marrow donors: out of all the potential donors in the world, only two matched Michael's unusual genetics, both in Europe. It's a good lesson: you might possess the capacity, unique in the world, to save the life of a 12-year-old boy halfway around the globe, if you only sign up do so. Registering requires only a cheek swab. Visit to learn more.

And meanwhile, we would be very grateful for your prayers on Michael's behalf.

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