I joined the National Bone Marrow Registry after learning about Cassidy, a precious 2.5 year old girl who has a rare bone marrow failure disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. Cassidy's bone marrow does not produce adequate red blood cells, so she has required a blood transfusion every 3-4 weeks since she was a newborn.
Unfortunately, after long term transfusion there can be a build-up of excess iron in the body, and Cassidy has 20 mg in her liver as of last July. This puts her in the severe range, and if they cannot adequately chelate (a type of iron removal therapy), a bone marrow transplant may become an option for her as iron overload can be fatal.
Her little sister was not a match, so Cassidy would be relying on a 100% Match from a stranger. Some people never find a 10/10 Match outside of their family, so it's very important for people to get on the registry.
It's easy to join the registry! The entire process can be done through the mail. What a blessing it would be to people like Cassidy whose lives could be saved by your contribution!
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." (1 Jn. 3:16)