Volunteering with AADP greatly benefits patients in need of a match. In turn, working with patients touches the lives of volunteers. To highlight this, we are starting a series of volunteer stories, Vision of A Volunteer, where our hardworking helpers have a chance to share how volunteering with AADP has impacted them.
I found out about AADP while volunteering at a bone marrow drive at UC Davis six years ago. I signed up on the spot and months later I got the call that I was an eligible donor to someone in need. The past six years has been an eye-opener; my donation experience has shown me that any person can make an impact on a stranger’s life in a positive way. Read Cao’s donor story, here.
I know, first hand, how it feels to have a loved one suffer from an illness and basically live at a hospital. Imagine waking up each day and asking yourself if you will wake up to tomorrow. Sometimes you need to take a step back and put yourself in the shoes of these patients who once led normal lives like us. If we are the cure to someone’s life then why not go out and help them? These people suffering did not choose to have their disease and yet they choose to fight for to live. If we are their only hope for a cure, we can choose to help make a difference for them.
I’d also like to take this moment to thank my brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon and sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi for their endless amount of work they put into this philanthropy, in conjunction with the coordinators of AADP. Without them, none of my contributions would be possible.
I’m very grateful for the opportunities AADP has given me, from hearing inspiring stories of patients who are the true warriors to being an advocate through my own voice. My words for you– be good at all you do, there’s no time for half stepping.