I was listening to the radio a week or two ago and they were telling a story about a little girl who badly needed a bone marrow transplant. It was super sad because she was a year old and only had a few weeks to find a donor.
I thought to myself, how sad. Partly for the child who hadn’t gotten a chance at life but also for the parent who might have to feel the pain of losing a child. But really, the kid is in Florida and I’m in Texas, and I mean I don’t have time to take off for a long time for recovery if I attempted to find out if I was a match.
The story stuck with me though.
So the next morning I heard that very same story once again on the radio whenever I was listening to the radio the following day. It was a sign right? So I finally took a moment to see just what was involved in donating, so I went to the Be The Match website.
I’ll be honest after quickly looking over the site I’m totally a little mad that I hadn’t taken a second to look at what it actually meant to donate bone marrow. I mean if this were one of my children or loved ones I would certain hope that people would give it a try.
In all it super easy. Go to the site. Type in your info. They’ll send you some long q-tip like swabs in the mail and all you have to do is swab your mouth and mail it back to them. From there you just wait and hope that you are a match.
The actual donation process isn’t as scary as it sounds and will be over before you even know it. In fact in some cases it just a matter of drawing some blood.
Easy peasy right?
I mean, wouldn’t you want someone to do this for you?