I'm an organ donor and frequent blood donor. I had always thought about becoming a bone marrow donor, but just assumed it was a long process and that the donation was painful so I kept putting it off.
I finally moved forward recently and was amazed at how easy it was / is. I thought a bone marrow transplant involved having your bone drilled into and having marrow extracted. That is how it used to be done. Now it is basically a glorified blood transfusion.
The steps are easy:
1. Go to bethematch.org 2. Click "Join" at the top 3. Fill out the quick and simple form. 4. They mail you swabs. You rub your cheeks and mail them back. 5. You're put on the registry and it if you are ever a match they contact you.
I would encourage everyone to sign up. You truly can make a difference.
This year, more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease. Leukemia will strike 3,500 children. It will kill about 700 of them. At any given time, about 7,500 Americans are actively searching the national registry for a donor. Only 2 percent of population is on the national registry. At least 3,000 people die each year because they cannot find a matching donor.