One of the things I love about my job is having the opportunity
to work with clients who make a difference in society. One of these
clients is Sharing America's Marrow, Inc. Since it's the
season of giving, I can't resist sharing their story. Meet Sam
I met them through one of my favorite colleagues who called
me a few weeks ago to ask if I'd be interested in helping
a family friend of his with trademark filings. I, of course, said
yes, but didn't realize that this would be an opportunity
to work with such inspiring young women and for a cause that is so
near and dear to my heart. I soon learned that this new
client is a non-profit formed by two sisters, Sam and Alex,
called Sharing America's Marrow (SAM...get it?). Their story
began when Sam was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called
severe aplastic anemia. One of the treatments for severe aplastic
anemia is a bone marrow transplant. Even though most siblings are
likely to be matches, Alex is not a match for the bone marrow
transplant her sister needs to cure her blood disease. Sam is
currently managing her aplastic anemia now with medication, but if
she ever relapses, she might need a transplant. This
need inspired the sisters to form a non-profit and take on the
adventure of traveling to all 50 states in 2015. These motivated
ladies have a goal of registering 50,000 bone marrow donors in
They have mapped out a route traveling from college campus to
college campus hosting what they call "donor jams" to
provide information about bone marrow donation and encourage people
to save a life by becoming a bone marrow donor. Potential donors
just have to swab and sign to potentially save a life. Most
Americans don't realize that bone marrow donations save lives,
and many are under the misconception that the process of donating
marrow is incredibly painful. In an effort to help those
looking for a match and debunk misconceptions, Sam and Alex are
donating a year of their life to spreading the word. They've
even made great videos to recruit college students to help with
their jams. Check it out:
As cheesy as this may sound, preparing the SHARING
AMERICA'S MARROW tradmark applications definitely gave me
the warm and fuzzies. They've filed applications to register
both SHARING AMERICA'S MARROW and the SHARING AMERICA'S
MARROW logo. As Sam and Alex did, it's always a good idea to
file trademark applications as soon as you have the intention of
using the mark in commerce.
It's such a privilege to work with motivated, inspiring
women who have donated their time to saving lives. Just another
reason I love my job...
For more information about Sam and Alex's amazing mission,
check out this video they've created:
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