Last month, I swabbed my cheek & possibly changed a complete stranger’s life.
Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), Be The Match has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. These guys are dedicated to saving lives through transplant.
BTM connects donors with folks who need life-saving bone marrow transplants (people diagnosed with lymphoma, leukemia and other blood cancers; diseases which result in bone marrow failure and immune system or genetic diseases). Once registered as a potential donor, you have something like a 1 in 500+ chance of actually donating marrow.
Obviously, the scary part is being that one in 500+ that finds themselves going under the knife (or whatever they use) on behalf of a complete stranger.
From what I understand, the donation process involves a surgical procedure that removes marrow from your pelvic bone. It’s typically an out-patient thing and requires about a week of recovery time. But really, what’s the worst case scenario? I get selected and potentially SAVE someone’s life?
That sounds amazing.
And who knows, maybe I (or someone I know) would need a donor one day.
After an easy application process on their website, BTM sent me a tissue typing kit in the mail.
The kit included four swabs. All I had to do was swab my cheek, place swabs in the foam holder, then simply seal in the provided (postage included) envelope and drop in a mailbox. Check out my video at the top of this post. Stupidly easy, right?
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