I just received a comment on my blog from a fellow blogger asking for help because her friend's daughter needs a bone marrow transplant. She has been diagnosed with a rare blood disease that will most likely progress to leukemia if untreated, but faces an 80% chance of cure with a bone marrow transplant. None of her family members are a match, and there is only 1 potential match on the donor registry. I don't know this blogger or this family, but I feel the need to share this story, and I encourage each and every one of you who are able to consider registering to be a bone marrow donor. All you have to do is a simple cheek swab to get tested, and they will determine if you are a match. If you can do something this easy and possibly save someone's life...why wouldn't you? It won't cost you anything, but really can save a life.
You are eligible to be a donor if you meet the following:
Donors can request kits from around the country on their website https://www.dkmsamericas.org/register. They will receive their free kit within 3 business days.
If you are interested in helping this family, go to their FB page. You can ask to receive more information about donating here, make a monetary donation if you are able, and stay updated on the current situation.
Check out Haley's story here to lean more.