I decided to sign up to be a bone marrow donor after I heard a statistic that 70% of people in need do NOT have a donor in their family. Just dropped my registration kit in the mail this weekend. I'd encourage you to consider signing up, too!
My friend looked at me with wide eyes and said "Do you KNOW what you have to DO for a marrow donation?". My response was simple: I've been very fortunate not to be in need, or actually, even know someone that has. But you never know what life might throw at you or someone you love, and I believe in good karma. My uncle was on a waiting list for years for a new heart, which he never received. This is something I can give and keep on living; I have the power to save a life by doing a very simple thing. A few days discomfort from donating marrow is nothing compared to a lifetime of something like leukemia, or the loss of a life because there wasn't a donor.
Putting it in perspective, he agreed. I hope you consider it, too!
FYI: When you go through the registration process it kind of looks like there is a charge to receive the donor kit (they send you a kit to send them a sample from the inside of your cheek), but you do NOT have to make a financial contribution, you will be sent the registry kit for free (it passes through a coupon code).
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