- It is fast and it doesn't hurt. All it takes is a few minutes to fill out paperwork (in complete privacy) and swab your cheeks with 4 Q-Tips.
- The registry doesn't bug you. They may send a mailing once or twice a year to confirm your contact information and inform you about the status of the registry, but that's it unless they find you are a match for someone.
- If they find you are a match and you are unable or unwilling to donate at that time, you can just decline. You can also remove yourself from the registry at any time.
- The procedure to donate now doesn't usually involve traditional, painful method of going through the donor's hip bone. Many times it can be accomplished through a series of blood transfusions.
- And the biggest reason: 30-40 hours of my life can mean 30-40 years for the recipient. I hope someone, even a stranger, would do the same for me.
- Oma brought up a good point in the comments: it costs nothing for the donor. No travel expenses, nothing.
Monday, August 25, 2008
soap box moment
Yesterday I spent a good 4 hours helping with a Bone Marrow Drive for Wade, or rather in his honor as he has been fortunate enough to find two matches in his siblings. I just want to share a few thoughts about why I chose to join the registry in college and would choose it again today. Also, read this. It is worth your time.