Dear Blog Friends, I'm excited to share what's going on at Tiny Church (Idylwood Presbyterian) in a few weeks. Mainly because I'm very proud of our small but mighty congregation for taking on a massive effort such as this. But also because if you're local, I'd like you to come.
And if you have contacts in the media here in the DC region, please let me know. Our story is compelling. It is a faith story. It is a story of light out of darkness, life out of death. Please help us share it.
Idylwood Presbyterian Church will sponsor a bone marrow registry drive on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. - noon. This Be the Match campaign is inspired by Eric and Jacob Osman, brothers and members of our church who lost their battles to adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare genetic disease. Eric and Jacob were students at Lemon Road Elementary School before being diagnosed with ALD, and sadly this disease took each of their lives by the time they were eight years old.
The drive will take place on the two-year anniversary of Jacob's bone marrow transplant. It is our way of putting faith into action and tending the glimmers of hope that can rise from of tragic circumstances.
Tens of thousands of children just like Eric and Jacob are fighting life threatening diseases, and you could be the answer to their hopes and prayers. The registry process is simple: just fill out a form and swab the inside of your cheek, and you might Be the Match for one of these children.
The registry drive will be accompanied by a health fair at the church. Questions about the Affordable Care Act or allergies and asthma? Need a flu shot? We will have people to answer your questions, check your vision, body fat or blood pressure, and more. There will be door prizes as well.
Please help us get the word out. Several years ago a man in his 40s joined the registry. He ended up being Jacob's donor. The person you invite to join the registry---or you yourself---could give someone the gift of life.
Idylwood Presbyterian is 7617 Idylwood Rd. near Route 7 in Falls Church.
Thank you, friends.