MDS is a blood disease which affects the production of platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. It is a form of cancer, which at one time was known as pre-leukemia. MDS became a part of my life when my Uncle Carlos was diagnosed with it February 2007. This cancer affected my whole family. Though I was too young to have my marrow tested or donate blood, I decided to become an advocate for the MDS Foundation. Not many people know about MDS, and I wanted to help get the word out. I also created a non-profit business, called Roni's Charming Clip-Itz. I contacted both Jibbitz© and Shoe-Doodles©. After speaking with both companies and explaining that I wish to become an official retailer, and send all profits to the MDS Foundation, they both gave me the rights to become an official retailer for their items. The profits sent to the MDS Foundation help in the search for a cure of MDS, and help those who are unable to receive medication. The official colors for MDS Awareness are teal and maroon or just teal. In April, Ms. Audrey permitted me to design an awareness ribbon. If you wish to learn more about MDS or make a donation, please go to www.mds-foundation.org/
Rest In Peace Uncle Carlos. You are loved and missed so much!
April 24, 2008, me and my Uncle Carlos at Waterbury Park .