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Children's Organ Transplant Association
COTA is the company helping me raise the money to get my bone marrow transplant.

Find out more about MPS!
This link will tell you more about me and help you understand why I need a bone marrow transplant.

How to become a bone marrow donor
This is an important link that will tell you how you can help people like me who need bone marrow.

COTA News
This link will give you all the latest news with COTA, the nice people helping me out.

Carolina's Cord Blood Bank
This link will tell you about a treatment alternative for bone marrow that could save lives.

 

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Hi! My name is Loren McClelland and you have landed on my homepage. I wish I could tell you this is just a page for having fun, but it isn't. It's really to keep people updated on how I am doing. Maybe later I can add some fun stuff. There are links above (right under Loren's Place) and links to the left for you to click on.

I am one year old (give or take a few months) as of the day I created this page. I was born on April 6, 1998 and started my travel adventures on April 8, 1998.

me and mickey and minnieNo, I didn't take my first vacation, although I had worked hard enough at that point to earn one.

Actually, I was born with a problem called pulmonary hypertension and the best way to keep me alive was putting me on an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. It's kinda like a heart-lung machine, but don't tell medical people that. You may get a lecture on why it isn't a heart-lung machine. All I know is that it kept me alive.

Anyway, the only machine near me was in Little Rock, Arkansas. So, the people from Arkansas Children's Hospital put the machine on this cool helicopter and flew it down to Shreveport where I was born. They hooked me up and flew me back to Little Rock. I wasn't even a week old and already I got to do stuff my daddy had never done. Not that he ever wants to get on a helicopter, but at least I am one up on him.

I spent a month in Little Rock and the next three months in and out of Willis Knighton South Hospital in Shreveport. I made alot of friends there, but the best one was my doctor, Bharti Manchandia. She's pretty cool.

me and my brother and sisterOkay! I admit it! I'm not the one typing all of this. I had to get daddy to do this since I don't know how to spell yet - even with a spell checker. That doesn't matter because I am the one telling him what to write - sort of.

Anyway, things went OK for a while. I had alot of problems, but I progressed and got better. Then, in February, I took a test and failed it. Since doctors call bad results positive, maybe I passed. Either way, it was a loss for me.

The doctors found out I have a genetic disorder called Muccopolysaccharidosis. Sounds like the name of a song doesn't it? The only way to fix most of the problems caused by Muccopolysaccharidosis (MPS for us normal people) is with a bone marrow transplant. There are some other treatments being tested that look promising, but mommy and daddy thought the transplant was the best thing to try.

That's why I put this homepage thing together. A new friend of mine, Jenna, did this and I thought it was a good idea. It's a whole lot easier than calling a zillion relatives each day to keep them informed. I hope you like it.

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