Tuesday, September 21, 2010
When I opened the mail yesterday, there was an envelope with a card. The card was my registration card to NMDP. I will explain.
Many of you know I am involved with the leukemia and lymphoma society’s team in training program. The program is one of the fundraising arms of the society, and I have often thought, I should be registered as a marrow donor.
In May of this year, some of you know, I was in California for a triathlon. At the expo there was a team who had teamed up with the NMDP or National Marrow Donor Program to get participants to register. Ah-ha, this was meant to be. A form to be filled in and a swab on the inside of my mouth – and guess what I was registered.
In the mail yesterday – I now have proof of registration.
Last week I sent a former patient of mine an email wishing her a happy birthday. She responded to me “I am not doing anything specific for my birthday because every day is a day to celebrate”. She is a vibrant and amazing woman, mother of two teenagers, works, and is a PhD student. She is also a person who has been treated for a non-Hogdkin’s lymphoma which includes a bone marrow transplant. Someone else did something for her. It happens to be her sister, but it could have been me, or it could have been you.
You should consider contacting the NMDP to see how you can register to become a bone marrow donor. If donating bone marrow sounds too scary, consider donating blood. People with cancer in general, and blood cancers in particular, are in need healthy people such as you and I to donate blood (assuming you meet the criteria).
So my friend - be the match
For more information about NMDP www.marrow.org