A Letter from Joey:
Dear Camp Ojibwa Families,
Thanksgiving has just passed and reminds to reflect on all that we are thankful for. We hope that this time of year brings you joy and provides you time to connect with family and friends.
As I reflect on this past year, I have so much to be thankful for, both personally and professionally. I am thankful that my family is healthy. I am thankful for my wife and kids who have jumped into this world and live and breath Ojibwa with me, everyday. I am thankful, for this opportunity as it is a dream come true to be a part of Ojibwa, to give back to all our campers and staff, and to work with our great team.
As I hear stories and talk with passionate campers, staff, alumni and parents, I am thankful for the support system that we have in place. Ojibwa is special, and everyone within this community recognizes the value and power of being PureBWA. We are there to support one another because we are a part of the same family…the Ojibwa family. As you will see below, one of our family members needs our help. Josh Wohlreich is one of my closest friends in this world. He and I met at Camp Ojibwa over 30 years ago and went on to live together through college and for over 8 years after graduation. He was a longtime Ojibwa camper, staff member, active alumni, and soon to be camp father. As you will read below, Josh’s niece was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
In honor of #GivingTuesday, if you are able, I would love for our Ojibwa family to try help Josh’s niece, in any way you are comfortable.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A LETTER FROM JOSH WOHLREICH:
Dear Family and Friends, In a million years, I never thought that I would be sending you this email. I am reaching out to every member in my network asking to help save my 14-year-old niece Jordan’s life. Just a few weeks ago (October 22, 2019) Jordan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Jordan needs a bone marrow transplant and we are currently searching for a match. I need your help.
- You may be the match that saves her life. Join the registry. Its quick, easy and painless.
My niece Jordan lives in Chicago with my sister Erin and my brother-in-law John and her little brother. Jordan was in the midst of enjoying the start of 8th grade. She is an incredible ballerina, loves softball, volleyball and goofing off with her younger brother – until the day that changed our lives forever. Jordan begrudgingly stayed home from school with a fever one day after already missing two days earlier in the month. She was upset because the year had just begun, and she already missed more days of school in one month than all of last year. The fever subsided and she returned to her full schedule that included her studies at school, volleyball and ballet. She felt better for the next 12 days, but still didn’t feel 100%. She was dealing with fatigue and didn’t have her normal appetite. On October 17th the fever returned. That day the doctors suspected it was Mono, but when the Mono test came back negative Jordan needed further blood work. The next morning my sister and John received the call that any parent is terrified to receive. They were told to head immediately to ER and prepare to be admitted…Jordan had Leukemia. Ten days of intensive chemotherapy began immediately, and Jordan was inpatient for 15 days. Jordan was able to return home as she recovered from her first round of chemo. On Nov 13th Jordan began her second round of chemo, a 6-day cycle with higher dosages than her first cycle. I spent time with her this past weekend, she is a warrior and my new hero. Based on the fingerprint of Jordan’s Leukemia, the curative step will require a bone marrow transplant, and for this, we need to locate a donor who “matches” Jordan as closely as possible. The best marrow transplant outcomes happen when a patient’s human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and the HLA of a donor closely match. There is an international database that contains the HLA of volunteers (heroes) who have signed up to help save the life of a complete stranger if they are a match. The process of getting tested and getting registered as an eligible donor is EASY.
- Register. This takes less than 5 minutes.
- Receive a kit in the mail. Swab your cheek, send it back.
– Click to Be The Match – Patients need donors who are between the ages of 18 and 44. That’s because younger donors produce more and higher-quality cells than older donors. So if you have college age kids, please encourage them to join the registry. With that said, anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can join the Be The Match Registry. How else can you help? Share this in any way you are comfortable doing. The more people that join the registry the better chance we find a perfect match, and the better chance anyone who needs a bone marrow transplant in the future has to finding a perfect match. Keep tabs on Jordan and send her your well wishes through her CaringBridge site.
– CaringBridge – I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the love and support that has been shared with my family. I look forward to the day that I can send another email with positive news of Jordan’s recovery and the news that Jordan is back at school, ballet, volleyball and roughhousing with her little bro. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Sincerely,Josh Wohlreich