Holidays aren’t always happy. Emotional stress (high expectations, financial strain, maybe family tensions) combines with physical stress from busy schedules, different eating habits, less daylight, and limited physical activity.
NH + C’s Surgical Services team and St. Olaf’s student-run Volunteer Network registered 80 willing donors with Be The Match, an international registry that connects patients who need a bone marrow transplant to donors with compatible bone marrow.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, bone marrow transplant is the cure. The trick is finding the right donor. The more individuals registered with Be The Match, the better the chances of finding a match.
Holiday gatherings often center on food. Our favorite treats symbolize connection and celebration. But for families managing food allergies, this heightened emphasis on food is stressful. And when food becomes the symbol of our affection for each other, it’s about more than just the menu.
When new eating habits meet treasured holiday traditions, it’s tough for everyone – from the grandma whose traditional peanut butter blossom cookies are suddenly off the menu to the dad trying to prep his daughter with multiple allergies for a holiday party buffet.