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Lindsey Van gives meaning to the word Hero

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

With debates about women and ski jumping, and thoughts on those in our sport who are put on a pedestal because they've stood on a podium, Lindsey has set herself apart.

See news report here

http://www.teamusa.org/news/2011/03/16/lindsey-van-is-a-hero/41443?ngb_id=3

 

Nip from the story:

 

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Lindsey Van, the 2009 ski-jumping world champion, spent Monday in San Francisco with a needle in her right arm and another in her left.  One needle sucked blood out of her. The other put it back into her. Her blood will help save the life of a man she has never met. 
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....... "If my family was sick, if I was sick -- I would want someone to donate for me or my family. If you want to expect a transplant, you have to elect to give one. You have to donate yourself."

 

 Lindsey is a hero in my book!

post #2 of 10
Blood laundering? Just kidding...very commendable.
post #3 of 10

I just read the full article.  She is indeed a hero.

post #4 of 10

Great for her.  I can assure you that the good feelings she will get having done this will outway any discomfort from her donation.  I am privileged to get to operate on people who are donating a kidney for transplantation.  Most of the time it is to a family member or friend.  However, it is becoming more common for people to simply want to donate a kidney to anyone who needs one.  It is a very humbling experience to meet people who are so giving. 

post #5 of 10

Thanks TC for posting.  Great story on Lindsey.  I liked Bob Peters comment at the bottom of the link you provided.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Won't it be great to bump this thread to congratulate her for the 2014 Olympics?

 

post #7 of 10

Fantastic story!  

 

I'm also part of the BeTheMatch.com registry and would encourage others to sign up as well.  

 

Never been called, but would be happy to donate if I do get a call.

 

Mike

post #8 of 10

As someone who personally received a Bone Marrow Transplant 4 years ago (and wouldn't be alive without it) I think she is great. What I think would be even better would be if everyone who is reading this, and is not already registered, take a couple of minutes and register. http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/index.html?src=tabjoin  You never know who's life you will save.

 

 

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Thread Starter 

What is the difference between bethematch.com and the marrow site?

I would assume that bethematch.com gets matches for all kinds of organ and tissue donation, including bone marrow.  Perhaps one should consider being registered on both? th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #10 of 10


They are the same TC.  Type in bethematch.com and you end up on marrow.org.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

What is the difference between bethematch.com and the marrow site?

I would assume that bethematch.com gets matches for all kinds of organ and tissue donation, including bone marrow.  Perhaps one should consider being registered on both? th_dunno-1[1].gif



 

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