Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Are You Willing to Save a Life?

If you are, then please register to donate your bone marrow to save a life. There's a person named Nick Glasgow who has a Facebook page about his fight against acute leukemia (to find this page, search for "SAVE NICK GLASGOW" after you log into Facebook. He's in need of a bone marrow transplant and you could be the one to save his life. Given his unique ethnic (he's 1/4 Japanese and 3/4 Caucasian), it will be very difficult for him to find a match. Advances in medical technology and drug development have led to some incredible cancer therapies, but a bone marrow transplant still remains the only cure for many diseases.

I was deeply moved by a story on Facebook about a woman named Jodie Gee who was also in need of a bone marrow transplant. Her story inspired me to register with the Asian American Donor Program at AADP.org. Here's what I had to do to register: order a registration kit (which was free through the AADP); sign several forms; swab the inside of your mouth; and send the packet in the mail (pre-stamped). It only takes a few minutes of your time and you'll never be forced to donate if you're on the registry.

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