It is with great pleasure and honor to share with you our recent partnership with Be The Match, national marrow donor program. Below we have a brief story rundown of Imani and her event with Wedding Shoppe, Inc. and Be The Match. Imani Cornelius was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of pre-Leukemia, at the age of nine. Since finding the best bone marrow match greatly depends on a similar ethnic ancestry, it took Imani, a mixed-race patient, 6 years to find her only match on the registry. Finally, Imani received her life-saving transplant in July of 2015 thanks to her donor, John. This video shows a special development in Imani’s story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULNik5S4xvA This high school senior recently got a special prom dress shopping experience at our shop! She’s come so far in her journey and it was truly our pleasure to give her a warm welcome here within our shop! Keep scrolling for incredible photos of Imani and her donor and more details on her time with our team leading up to prom! “The Wedding Shoppe treated me like royalty. I was looking for a “wow” factor type dress for a Cinderella prom theme and I found my dress! The manager and stylists were so helpful in finding many different colors and styles to try on. My overall experience was AMAZING! There were so many beautiful dresses to choose from, it was a challenge to select one because I loved many of the styles. There was a time, when my bone marrow was failing, I was really sick, and waiting for a donor match, that I believed that I may never get to experience a prom. Thankfully, Be The Match found a bone marrow donor and my transplant was a success. I cannot thank The Wedding Shoppe and Be The Match enough for making me feel like a supermodel and making one of my dreams come true. When I walk out on the stage with my boyfriend at prom, not only will I be looking and feeling great, I will be showing my friends and family that I am a survivor and LOOK AT ME NOW!” Thank you for a once in a lifetime opportunity.” - Imani “Thank you to The Wedding Shoppe and Be The Match for providing Imani such a precious opportunity. As a parent, going through a bone marrow transplant with a teenage daughter, it was heartbreaking to see Imani go through such a traumatic physical change during transplant; losing her hair, muscles weakened, being thin and frail. We often felt isolated from the rest of the world. Too see Imani’s smile and pure joy as she tried on the dresses was priceless. You all provided Imani with a wonderful opportunity.” - Tammy Cornelius, Imani's mother. As soon as Be The Match asked us if we’d like to participate in Imani’s special day, we jumped at the chance! It fills our hearts to know that we are helping to make a difference in the life-saving mission. If you are looking to partner with Be The Match, inquire today on how you can impact someone’s life that will enrich your life ten times over! Stay tuned for more coming soon from her Prom night!