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Emily Purcell - In Memory of Stella


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I joined Team Be The Match to raise money in memory of my sweet daughter, Stella.

Stella was born with SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency) on November 4, 2019. She would need a bone marrow transplant to give her a working immune system, and thanks to Be The Match, Stella was matched with an anonymous donor and had high probability of success. Unfortunately, she had a long struggle with chronic GVHD (graft versus host disease) following her transplant and passed away on March 14, 2021, just short of her re-birthday. 

Your gift can fund innovative research (including for GVHD, an area of the transplant/recovery process where research is lacking) to improve transplant outcomes. Please help me honor Stella’s memory by selecting the “Supporting Research Programs” option when contributing, to help give others in Stella’s situation the success we had hoped for for her.

I’m raising money as I train to run the Chicago Marathon in October 10, 2021. For my first fundraiser, for every $5 you donate, you can tell me one song I have to add to my running playlist. It could be songs you genuinely like, or ones you think it would be funny to make me run to (or both)! Simply write the song names in the “write an encouraging message” box. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! You can follow my training on Instagram @milesinmemoryofstella.

If you are ordering butterfly seed papers, they are 2 for $5. Just set the message box to private and tell me how many you would like and the address where I can send them!

Your generous tax-deductible gift delivers cures to patients desperate for a second chance at life. Every dollar counts. Together, we can make a difference!

Thank you!

Emily (Stella’s Mommy)