Monday, May 7, 2012

Our blood drive was a HUGE success!  To be honest I was having bad dreams that no one would show up, but we ended up having close to 80 people come which was incredible.  We collected 58 units of blood which will help save up to 116 patients!  We also had 39 people sign up for the national bone marrow registry.  So amazing!  I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude at the love and support that we were shown.  It was one of those days where I thought to myself "Life is GOOD, we are BLESSED!" 

I want to thank each and everyone of you that took the time out of your busy day to come celebrate Skyler's life with us by helping save other's.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful support from so many people.  There were even people who came who were afraid of needles and this was their first time donating, even people I didnt even know.  That seriously means so much to me.  I am sitting here with such a full heart and just cant find the right words to express how grateful I am for everyone.  Thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but THANK YOU!!

                              Here is a glimpse of our day!

These are the wonderful people from Be The Match

This cute girl is the one that took the amazing pictures I always use of Skyler when he was bald!

This is Nathanael one of Skyler's cancer buddies.  I love this kid so much and he turned six the day before our drive. Birthdays are a big deal in the cancer world.  Happy Birthday Bud!

Yup that's me lounging out.  I decided I wanted to see how comfy those chairs are, turns out VERY :)

Me, Skyler and my mom sported these shirts.  On the front it said Here's to many more Birthdays...

                      Another strong cancer fighter, McKall!

This is also a fellow cancer family.  I admire this family so much.

Also another cancer buddie!  He has been off treatment for a year.  Way to kick cancer's butt Parker!

We had a bounce house for all the kiddos while their parents were busy giving blood and swabbing cheeks.  Skyler loved having friends to bounce around with.

Signing up for the registry!

                             Thumbs up for saving lives!!

                                A smile on her face while getting poked!

Here is my cute momma.  She helped me put this whole thing together.  I don't know what I would do without her.

                                 The life saving process....



Dave, Cadance and Family said...

It looks like it was a great day!! I wish I would have been able to come however I have been sick and didn't want to share my germs with anyone... Tell Skyler happy birthday!!

Holly said...

That is awesome!!! I don't live near you, so I made an appointment to donate blood this Friday. I am scared of needles, and I have never donated before. But Skyler motivated me to take the plunge. Happy Birthday!

heyyhotmess said...

Thanks for doing this! I had never donated blood before and it was really great experience!

Briana said...

Hooray!! This puts a big old smile on my face! What a success! You guys accomplished huge things. Doesn't that knowledge of how many people you are helping to save just thrill you?! I can't get over that thought. Donating blood is truly heroic!

What a great way to celebrate Skyler's life. He has been such an example to so many people - it's very fitting. Wish we could have been there!

The Breckons said...

Crystal this is so amazing! I LOVE IT!! I just saw a video that made me think of you & Skyler. It's an oncology ward in Seattle dancing to the Kelly Clarkson song that Skyler loves. You've gotta check it out - I think he'll love it. Here's the link: