did you know that every year 100,000 americans discover they have a blood or bone marrow disease? they estimate that leukemia alone will be responsible for 21,840 american deaths this year. fortunately, many of these people have hope of being healed by a bone marrow transplant. unfortunately, because matches have to be near-perfect, many people cannot find them. even siblings are matches only 30 percent of the time.
this is where we come in. Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, is the largest registry in the country. their mission is to expand the registry, help find more matches, and reduce the mortality rates of blood and bone marrow diseases.
but if you can, do it. join the registry. with a simple swabbing of your mouth, you are on your way to potentially saving a life. this summer i met akiim, one of the firm’s clients who had leukemia. he told us his story and encouraged us all to join the registry. so i did, and i photo-diaried the process so i could share with you guys.
step one: open the envelope.
step two: lay everything out.
step three: read instructions.
step four: swab (no picture necessary, right?)
step five: put completed swabs in the nifty envelope.
step six: giggle at the fun sticker
step seven: close envelope, attach fun sticker, and send off!
in the course of five minutes, i registered to be a potential donor. they have my contact information and i’ll likely never be contacted. but maybe i will be a match for someone. can you imagine that phone call? i encourage all of you to register today. get a packet mailed to you, find a drive, or consider them in your charitable giving.
their slogan is get involved, save a life. how can you turn that down?