Imagine going to the doctor and hearing the worst news - you have a blood cancer. Horrible, right? Now imagine the doctor says you need a bone marrow transplant, and that they're going to test your family to find a match. After anxiously awaiting the results, you find out that none of your family members match. What now..?
A whopping SEVENTY PERCENT of patients who need a bone marrow transplant WILL NOT have a match in their family. That's huge.
Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, which means the odds of you knowing someone who will be touched by this issue are unfortunately very high. If you pause for a moment, close your eyes, and put yourself in their shoes, how does it feel to be reliant upon others' generosity in order to have a chance at life? To know that there might be someone out there somewhere who held the key to your loved one's recovery?
The good news is that there are very real ways that you can make a difference. Your name on the Registry means that much greater a chance that someone will find their match; your donation means support for patients and their families during their time of need; your contribution of your own time volunteering to help at member drives and fundraising events means that many more people who are aware of the fight; your willingness to tell others in your life about the patients who need their help makes all the difference in the world.
In 1991, I went to the doctor and got my own bad news. But unlike most in that position, my brother was a match and on December 10th, donated his marrow to save my life. I have spent every day of the past twenty five years praising God, and this year, more than ever, I feel convicted to help those whose journey is more difficult than mine was by raising awareness and funds to expand the Registry Membership and support those patients and their families.
Take a moment to learn more about marrow donation. Let me help debunk some of those myths that tend to keep people from diving in to help. And if after all of that you're still unsure, click on the Donate button and pledge a few dollars to the cause, or come out to a drive with me and help me collect swabs and raise awareness. Practice radical generosity!!!