Be the Match. Please.
- Published: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 02:04
- Written by Mariesa
About a year ago I joined the bethematch.org registry for entirely selfish reasons.
I wanted to be a bone marrow donor because I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. I wanted to give someone the gift of life without me having to die first for my organs to be donated. I didn’t know anyone who needed a bone marrow transplant. I was not personally invested in the outcome beyond wanting to be a change in someone's world.
Today, I am asking you to join bethematch.org for entirely selfish reasons.
We are devastated about today’s confirmation that someone who is a fundamental part of our family needs to find a match. Soon.
She has acute myelogenous leukemia – or AML. This form of leukemia is aggressive. An adult patient with AML who does not get a bone marrow transplant might expect to survive months.
Her loss would be more than a tragedy for her. It would fracture the foundations of the lives of several people whom I love deeply. It would greatly impact others whom I care for and respect. It would break my heart for her, and for all of their hurts.
I am asking you to seriously consider getting on the bone marrow donor registry. First, go to bethematch.org and sign up. A packet will come in the mail with everything you need to do the test. It is literally as easy as swabbing a giant Q-tip on the inside of your cheek. You seal the package back up and drop it back in the mail. They even pay the postage.
If you are a match the donation procedure is usually outpatient. Doctors use a needle to take marrow from the back of your pelvic bone while you are asleep. Your cells will replenish is 4 to 6 weeks. And donors never pay to donate.
Consider this from bethematch.org:
Every four minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That’s more than six people each hour, or 148 people each day. Patients are searching for a cure. It could be you.
You could be the match that helps our family. And if you’re not, your donation might be the match that helps save someone else’s daughter, sister, mother, wife, partner, teacher or friend. For those of you who have asked, or will ask, what you can do – this is it. Be the Match. Please.