I’ve had the dubious distinction of being both a bone marrow donor AND a bone marrow recipient, and being a donor is waaaay easier. It seldom involves actual marrow anymore; it’s usually an extraction of stem cells from the blood, preceded by a few days of pharmaceutical prep.
For those like me with blood cancers resistant to chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant is the only recourse. Those who can’t find a suitable donor have no recourse. I’m looking for a donor now, starting with my siblings and expanding to the Be The Match database.
You can join the database if you are between the ages of 18 and 44 and without serious medical problems or mental issues (like voting for Trump—or Clinton). Learn more at Be The Match and perhaps one day you could give the gift of life to someone like me.
This small act of kindness can lead to amazing connections, as fellow transplant recipient and writer Ronni Gordon experienced. I hope her incredible story in the Philadelphia Inquirer will inspire you to sign up soon.