Kimura Responds to Passionate Issues

Alex Kimura responds to poverty and bone marrow issues

Alex Kimura responds to poverty and bone marrow issues

Written by: Jane Wood

Western Kentucky University Junior, Alex Kimura, encourages others to “FeelGood” by doing good. Kimura transferred to WKU from Clemson University as a Sophomore and didn’t waste any time trying to get involved at WKU in a very new, and philanthropic way. She is the president of a newer club to campus, FeelGood; a student-run organization that sells grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for donation. All proceeds go toward the Hunger Project and other organizations aimed at eradicating world hunger and creating “change makers,” while empowering people to become more self-sufficient.

“When I left Clemson and came to WKU, I really felt that this was a movement that could really catch on here because of the generous spirit and giving nature of everyone I came across on campus. Also, after I had learned more about hunger and how serious and complex of an issue it is, I couldn’t just continue on doing nothing about it,” Kimura said.

Kimura and her fellow FeelGood-ers couldn’t be happier with the positive response the club has received within the past year on campus, and they see nothing but blue skies ahead as far as the future of FeelGood is concerned. With possibilities for a benefit concert, an extended menu of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and an expanded stand schedule for two days a week instead of one, FeelGood is going to continue to reach out to the campus and community of WKU and exchange education on chronic persistent hunger for yummy sandwiches.

Kimura is not only taking a stand against hunger, but she also is giving a voice to another issue so many people are unaware of; the lack of bone marrow donors on the bone marrow donor registry. An issue she herself was unaware of until her seventeen-year-old-sister was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a very rare and deadly blood disorder and one of several other diseases that require bone marrow transplants to be cured.

“My sister Sam could not find a donor match out of our family and the seven million potential donors in the national registry. Fortunately, her disease is being maintained with immunotherapy treatments. However, there are thousands of people that die every day because they could not get their life-saving transplant.”

What did Kimura do with this newfound knowledge about the lack of marrow donors? She took action, of course. Kimura and her family took on the task of bringing awareness to this issue and organized several bone marrow testing drives in Louisville this summer, allowing them to register somewhere around 700 people thus far. Kimura is in the process of organizing a campus-wide bone marrow testing drive at WKU this fall and hopes to register just as many at that time.

Kimura’s passion for helping those that can’t help themselves inspired her to be proactive about making a difference. The concept for FeelGood may be simple, but the impact and the inspiration behind it is anything but. All it takes to get registered to be a bone marrow donor is a cheek swab and a consent form, and with that alone lives can be saved. Through her work with FeelGood and the bone marrow drives, Kimura continues to serve as a role model to others by encouraging them to get involved any way that they can. She truly lives by the words of the very organization she brought to WKU; to do good, is to feel good.

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