Marrow Matters

5 Jan
This week I got a newsletter called "Marrow Matters" from Canadian Blood Services.  About two years ago, I got an e-mail from a friend asking me to consider joing the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry.  Fewer than 30% of patients who need a bone marrow transplant can find a compatible donor within their families; the rest of them have to rely on people who arent related to them.  The likelihood that I’ll ever be called on to actually donate bone marrow is pretty low, but I figured it would be a good thing to do.  If that slim chance ever came to be, how could I refuse, knowing that a person’s life could depend on it?

As it turns out, a favourite teacher of mine in Germany found out last summer that she has leukemia.  She just underwent her third last round of chemotherapy and is waiting for her bloodwork to come back.  I don’t know if a bone marrow transplant is something that she will require, but it really brings reality home for me.  If I could do something to help her beat this disease, well, I ask again, how could I not?


One Response to “Marrow Matters”

  1. Nemmy January 6, 2007 at 5:27 am #

    I thought about joining this registry when I was in Toronto. They want you to go to a couple of information sessions, though, so I didn\’t have time at the time. This summer, when I\’m done this degree, I think it\’s time to consider it again!

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