True to form, the Auburn community is rallying around one of its own, this time to help Skip Outman, a longtime Realtor here who has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Diane Felt became acquainted with Outman 16 years ago – the first real estate agent she met when she began working for Placer Title Company. Outman, an avid runner and bicycle enthusiast, became fast friends with Felt, the co-owner of Felt Bicycles.
“We just hit it off right away because of our love for running and the outdoors,” Felt said.
Outman was a teacher at Weimar Hills School for 13 years and a member of a local running club for 15. He coached girls basketball at Sierra College and was head of the 49ers Summer Camp for several years when it was at Sierra College. He serves on the board of the Placer Land Trust and has lived in this area since 1968.
According to Outman’s wife, Jan, Outman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that begins in the bone marrow, on Oct. 25 of this year. He has been hospitalized at Sutter General Hospital since, where he has undergone chemotherapy and plans to have a bone marrow transplant soon.
Felt has led the organization of a blood drive for Outman that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Placer Title Company. BloodSource will also conduct cheek swabs to search for a possible bone marrow donor.
“We are even more aware now of the need for blood and bone marrow donors, and how important it is to the patients and medical community,” Felt said.
A website has been set up at www.caringbridge.org/visit/skip outman, where friends can keep tabs on Outman’s daily progress and send messages of support.
“Skip would like to thank everyone for the cards, letters and concern,” Felt said. “He truly appreciates everyone’s support and encouragement.”
Blood Drive for Skip Outman
When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9
Where: Placer Title Company, 193 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn
Appointments: Limited number of time slots available; appointments must be made by calling Diane Felt at (530) 305-9450
Donor information: www.bloodsource.org or (800) 821-6277