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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

This Is Serious

I have friends who are now experiencing every parents' worst nightmare. Their 4-1/2-year-old daughter is seriously ill with aplastic anemia. She will need a bone marrow transplant, and no one in the immediate family is a match.

I urge you all to visit this site and help in any way possible, whether that means making a monetary donation or being typed as a possible bone marrow donor. To get on the donor registry, all you need is a simple blood test or cheek swab. If you are a match for someone who needs marrow, you will be given anesthesia while doctors use needles to extract marrow from your pelvic bones. Your marrow will regenerate in four to six weeks, according to the "ABCs of Marrow or Blood Cell Donation" on the National Marrow Donor Program site. I only wish that I could be typed as a potential marrow donor, but my past history of cancer means that I am ineligible to donate.

There is also an auction that will be happening on the site soon, and we will be coming up with other ways to aid Isabel and her family in any way possible. The more help we can give, the better chance this little girl has of being a survivor.


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