On Saturday we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of my sister's bone marrow transplant.
Rachel, the survivor
Jennifer, the donor
Bethany, the friend
There was shuffleboard
and ping pong.
It was so nice to see everyone who helped us out when Rachel was very sick.
Of course, Livi didn't get any attention!
The pool shark
The always adorable Kellyman
Rachel and friends
Ping pong champ
The brave woman who held the family together when Rachie was sick.
Grandma made shirts for Jennifer and Rachel
My sister Rachel was diagnosed with CML as a kid and received bone marrow from my sister Jennifer 10 years ago. We are so grateful to have her here today. She is such a strong-willed, confident girl, and I thank God every day that He allowed us to keep her here on earth.
I think this is also a good time to make a case for big families. When we were kids, it seemed like everyone gave my family a hard time about having so many kids. If we would have had only 4 kids, we would not have had a matching donor for Rachel because Jenny was the match and was #5 in the birth line.
Jennifer, we are forever grateful to you for what you went through to save Rachel's life. You were a brave little girl with the "bucky" attitude that day, and you will always be a hero because of it.