Did you know that every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer? That’s 360 people every day. 15 people each hour. People suffering from blood cancers and other diseases can have their lives saved by a bone marrow transplant, and you could offer them that life-saving marrow.
Today I mailed in my Be the Match donor kit, which will put my name on the National Bone Marrow Registry, meaning that if I’m a match for someone in need I’ll be contacted to donate bone marrow. I think that these things are definitely a personal choice, and definitely are not for everyone, but this process has been incredibly simple so I wanted to do a quick post about it in hopes that it might inspire a few people to get their names on the registry. I know that these things can seem tedious. I definitely got my kit a few months ago (it’s post-marked December 17th) and have just been staring at it for the past 4 months. Why? Because I thought it would be time consuming. I felt like such a jerk when I finally opened it and spent 20 seconds of my day doing the swabs. What if I could have helped someone in January, or February, or March? Well….better late than never.
You can get the process started online. It takes just a few minutes to complete their online process. In a few days the kit will arrive in the mail. It contains a pre-paid return envelope and 4 swabs. Once it arrives it only takes you 30 seconds to complete: you just swab the sides of your mouth, place the swabs into the envelope and then return it in the mail. They’ll process your results and get you added to the registry.
If you’re curious about how bone marrow is collected or what the process looks like be sure to check out their FAQ Page for more info.
The ideal donor is between the ages of 18 & 44. If you’re over the age of 44 you can learn more about other ways to help here.
It takes 3 minutes to potentially save a life. Just sayin’. Visit the Be the Match website to start the process and request your kit.