Continuing Michelle’s Legacy

Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 5:05 pm · 17 Comments

From Melanie and the family:

It’s been 8 months since Michelle left us and the pain is still raw. There is a huge emptiness inside me and I continue to grieve for what has happened. I hang on to so many of the moments I shared with Michelle, afraid as more time passes that I am leaving her behind.

We continue to honor Michelle’s wishes and are focused on helping patients so that something positive can come from this horrible reality. My mom has been working hard with political leaders and the community to continue helping those in need of bone marrow transplants. In February, Senator Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, CA introduced Senate Bill 1304, the “Michelle Maykin Memorial Donation Protection Act,” that will allow private and public sector employees paid time off for organ or marrow donation. Donors would no longer have to worry about the financial burden of their gift. We know that this will ultimately lead to more registered donors and more lives saved.

For SB 1304 to pass, it has to go through the legislative process. The next step is for the bill to go through the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee where it is reviewed and then voted up or down. The committee hearing will be held on April 14, 2010. Here is how you can help pass SB 1304 out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and move it to the next step of the legislative process:

1) Sign our online petition to show the widespread community support for SB 1304.
Link for Online Petition

2) Tell your friends and family to sign the petition

3) Fill the room at the Hearing on April 14 in Capitol Building (9:30 am in Room 2040)

4) Spread the word by emailing friends and family with the above message to get them involved. Log onto your favorite networking sites and ask everyone you know to sign the petition or send a letter of support:

Senator Mark DeSaulnier
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814

Passing this bill was something Michelle dreamed about and worried we couldn’t get done. We are now so close but we need you to succeed. With your help, we can save more lives and prevent families from having to go through what mine is struggling with everyday.

Thank you so much for all your support,

Link to pre-drafted letter to be signed:
Pre-Drafted Letter

Link to detailed Senate Bill 1304:
SB 1304 Bill

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 A fan // Mar 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Is there an easy way to link this website to our Facebook page? Or can you start a FB page that we can pass around to our friends? I would love to help spread the word.

  • 2 Stacie Tamaki // Mar 22, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Would it be desirable to send letters to each member of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee? Or is only one needed to Senator DeSaunier?

  • 3 Question about the 5 days // Mar 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I had a question about the drafting of the bill. How was the 5 days determined?

  • 4 You can find the petition link on the Project Michelle Facebook page. The best way to show support is to sign the online petition. If you are from an organization, then you can also print the letter of support on your org's letterhead and send it to the // Mar 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    u can find the petition link on the Project Michelle Facebook page. The best way to show support is to sign the online petition. If you are from an organization, then you can also print the letter of support on your org’s letterhead and send it to the provided address. The 5 days was determined by Senator Desaulnier and his team.

  • 5 Pim // Mar 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    This is awesome!! Will definitely spread the word!!

  • 6 Stacie Tamaki // Apr 15, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I hope things went well today! was planning to drive up to Sacramento but a nasty cold kept me home.

  • 7 Suzanne Brazau // Apr 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    My prayers of strength are with you all. I think of you and visit this site every now and again, still. I signed the petition, this is long over due. This is for you Michelle! Bless you xxxx

  • 8 Suzanne Brazau // Apr 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    This bill is fantastic and well over due. I still come to this sight every now and again. I pray for all of you to gain strength in your loss. I signed the petition for all who need it and for you Michelle, bless you xxxx

  • 9 Anonymous // Jul 25, 2010 at 6:16 am

    It has been a year since Michelle left this earth. Lot has changed for me in this past year and through it all, I still use Michelle’s example to give me strength. I truly wish that you are in a better place right now and watching over everyone, blessing them to be better, do better. Thank you for everything Michelle

  • 10 Frank // Jul 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Thinking of you Michelle… I’m sure everything is wonderfull up there.

    My best wishes for Van all the family and friends.

  • 11 Anonymous // Jul 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Michelle & her amazing family and friends have been in my thoughts so many times this past year. Hope you know Michelle will never be forgotten.

  • 12 Maria // Jul 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    To Michelle’s family and friends, you are always in my heart and prayers. I followed Michelle’s journey and always prayed that she win this battle. My family and I lost our son, Marcos, on April 10, 2009 to ALL. Just a few months before Michelle. Their love, courage and strength will live in our hearts forever.
    As time goes by, it doesn’t get any easier. Always think of those wonderful memories with Michelle to bring you some comfort.

  • 13 Anonymous // Sep 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Please update us and let us know how all of you are doing. We often check back on this site to remember Michelle. Still thinking of all of you.

  • 14 Sabrina in SF // Nov 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I am new to Michelle’s battle and all the love you and efforts you surrounded her with.

    My friend Sheri Chin Co is in the same situation right now so we’re holding bone marrow registry drives in San Francisco, Sacramento and LA.

    What you accomplished is inspirational. I’m crying now looking at the video you guys took in that great house. Peace with your family. Thanks for your example.

  • 15 Anonymous // Apr 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Thinking of Michelle today. Hope all is well with you.

  • 16 Anonymous // Feb 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hope you are out there looking out for all of us! Lots of us miss you!

  • 17 Cat W. // Mar 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    You’re still in my thoughts.

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