National Bone Marrow Registry

by Dave on February 10, 2010

Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on the National Bone Marrow Donor Program to find a match to save their life.

I have been registered with the program since 1994, and received a call not too long ago informing me that I was identified as a potential match. I was a little nervous, but excited, too, at the possibly of being able to help someone in this way. There was about a 1 in 12 chance, but ultimately, I wasn’t the best match, and wasn’t chosen. It occured to me that I can still contribute by encouraging others to sign up to be a donor. Saving lives is a very worthwhile thing. Please consider it.

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