Monday, September 7, 2009
I'm now on the Be the Match Marrow Registry by the NMDP
The Be the Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). After swabbing my cheeks and submitting my DNA, I now have my own bone marrow donor identification card. I realize that there is a great need for bone marrow donors out there. I was inspired to join the registry because of the "Save Jodie Gee" group on Facebook. Perhaps you've heard of her. Jodie is a young woman who was very healthy until she discovered that she had aplastic anemia last November. She recently had a bone marrow transplant and it sounds like she's doing well. You can follow her story here on the Save Jodie Gee blog.
I know several other people who are currently in need of a bone marrow transplant. You probably too as well. If you're Asian, you can order a free kit from the www.AADP.org to be part of the national bone marrow registry. There is a significant need for donors from all ethnic groups. If you haven't joined the Be the Match Registry, perhaps you'll want to stop by a bone marrow drive or simply order a kit so that you can save a life.