Ch ch ch chaaanges


Big news, y’all.

Remember how I hinted in my last post that there were some possible changes in my near(ish) future??

Welp, things have panned out how I hoped they would…and I have some exciting news to share.

I have officially accepted a new job. (!!!!!!!!!!!)

{Cue the excitement}


Exclamation point. x 100000


Even the Happster had on her celebratory party pants!


Sooo, yes. Yesterday, I was offered a fulltime position with the National Marrow Donor Program.

The story of how this opportunity came onto my radar is a (n incredible) story in and of itself, but I will save that for another day. Let’s just say, the stars were definitely aligned Smile.

Of course, I accepted the job offer. Starting in the New Year, I will be working as a Workup Specialist, helping those people eligible to donate go through the process and donate their bone marrow. I’ll be the “go-to” person during the time (usually around 3 or so weeks) it takes the volunteer to donate…. their mentor, if you will. I’m not going to go into too much detail right now, but to say I am ecstatic is the biggest understatement of the year (and I can say this statement with confidence, seeing as the days left in 2011 are limited).

(Sidenote: I must admit, though, I am going through some bitter-sweet emotions about putting in my two-weeks at the Y. I love my job and my coworkers there… and ohhhh goodness, I am going to miss seeing the members on a daily basis so much! I have built amazing friendships with many of the older/retired regulars who frequent the Y, and I am afraid I won’t be able to see them quite as often anymore. I’ll make sure to soak up and make the best of my last few days being a health educator).

But seriously y’all. I am thrilled about this new job. Beyond thrilled.

The organization – the National Marrow Donor Program — is incredible. They operate the Be The Match Registry, something I am sure a few of you have heard about. And if you have not heard, here is some information from their website…

“Our Mission

Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life.”Source

It’s about finding a match

Be The Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match. A patient’s doctor can contact the NMDP to search our Be The Match to Registry and other registries worldwide to access nearly 16.5 million donors and nearly 550,000 cord blood units.

It’s about helping patients

Be The Match Registry® is the new name for the registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). We’ve been helping patients receive the transplants they need for more than 20 years. Now, medical advances are making transplants available to more patients of all ages than ever before.” Source

So like I said above, I’ll be the person helping the donor go through all of the necessary steps to officially become “the match” for the patient needing the transplant — from informing the volunteer that they are a match, screening the volunteer for eligibility/donorship, to setting up medical appointments, and eventually, helping the product get to where the patient needing the transplant resides.

Pretty dang incredible, huh?

I get chills just thinking about the work I am about to take on. I am so, SO drawn to the mission, especially after everything I have experienced within my own family.

This position I am taking on is going to be life changing. Not only for my own life, but for a countless number of other peoples’ as well. The volunteers donating. The patient receiving the transplant. The families of the patients. So, so many lives are touched. On an innumerable number of levels.

I feel incredible blessed to be given this opportunity. This is the kind of difference I was put on this Earth to make. This position was meant for me. Doctors and medical personnel aren’t the only ones who can save lives, y’all. Us “little people” can, too. (If you are interested in learning more about the NMDP and possibly being “a match” yourself, check out the FAQ section of their website.)

So, there ya have it, my exciting news!!!! Talk about the most incredible (belated) birthday present a girl could ask for. I just knew this December was going to be one for the books. And I sure was damn right!

Two hours after I received the phone call with my job offer, Ryan and I headed out to celebrate and share the great news with his co-workers at his work’s annual Holiday work party.


Time to celebrate!


“the girlfriends”


What a bromance...


Blurry, but the cuteness still shines through ... (right?)


The new “Miss Workup Specialist,” reporting to service

Suffice it to say, it was the perfect ending to a perfect day.



Filed under Be The Match, goals, job, my story, National Marrow Donor Program, NMDP, public health, recap

30 responses to “Ch ch ch chaaanges

  1. Liz

    Ahh, congrats Allison!! Such exciting news just in time for the holidays. Sounds like an amazing opportunity!

  2. Congratulations on the new job Allison! I love your excited face pictures. Too cute.

  3. Amazing! I am so excited for you – YOU are a perfect MATCH for that job 🙂

  4. Rhonda

    So proud and happy for you! 🙂

  5. What an amazing opportunity! Congratulations!

  6. Congratulations!! That’s such a fantastic opportunity, and I bet you will be AMAZING at the job:)

  7. Wow, Allison! That is PERFECT!! Congratulations, it’s obvious that everyone in your family (mostly Happy) is so excited, you can hardly even see them in the blur of joy!!

  8. Amy

    Congratulations Allison! What a wonderful new position, a belated birthday present and early Christmas gift!!
    I can just tell that you will be perfect for people who are going through this process, your upbeat personality and empathetic nature seem to shine through on the blog so I think this is the perfect match! (pardon the pun).
    Congratulations once again and have a wonderful holiday season.

  9. Jess Nicklos

    What exciting news!! 🙂 You will be perfect for that job!! I’m SO happy for you, girly!! Congratulations!!!!! ❤

  10. Rebecca

    Congratulations!! That is so very exciting. It’s is so wonderful to be in a job you will love! 🙂

  11. so happy for you, too, Allison..and pray all the best for you in your new endeavor..sounds so exciting and I am sure to be a rewarding experience..

  12. yay yay yay yay yay! so happy for you girl 🙂 you deserve it

  13. YAY! That does sound perfect for you 🙂

  14. Congrats Allison! This cause is near to my heart, and I actually blogged about it last year when a friend/co-worker died of cancer and made me aware of the the organization just a month before he passed away.
    So glad you’ll be helping such a great organization!

  15. Melissa

    I absolutely admire your new job and thank you for it. My cousin died of leukemia so this is hits close to home for me

  16. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and so proud of you! 🙂

  17. Oh my gosh what a fabulous opportunity with a great organization!! I registered with them last year and I definitely think it’s awesome that are working with them.

  18. Congrats on the new gig! That’s so exciting!

  19. sooo excited for you darlin!! xo

  20. Congratulations!!!! I am so so so happy for you! It sounds like the perfect job! 🙂

  21. Congrats!!! Sounds like an amazing opportunity!!!

  22. LMN


  23. Lynne

    Wow! You should be thrilled! What a great opportunity to change lives for the better. Good for you!

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