Important Medical Monday!
What is BE THE MATCH?
Over the weekend my son Ryan and I went to San Jose, California to be part of a BE THE MATCH 5K walk/run. We represented Project RACE as partners with BE THE MATCH, which is the national organization trying to match patients who have blood diseases with volunteer bone marrow donors.
Having a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor is usually the last chance for many patients. Yes, without one, they will die. Finding a related donor is best, but even that does not completely tip the scales to save a patient. These are some of the things we did:
- Talked with people. We were reminded of our earlier bone marrow donor drives and how far medicine and awareness has taken us over the past 25 years;
- We listened. We remembered the unbelievable bond that is established by becoming a donor. We heard about a 14-year-old boy who had his transplant when he was a year old.
- We applauded the man who was celebrating his own birthday and his one year birthday—a year to the day since he had his bone marrow transplant.
- We were reminded of how often multiracial patients are stuck waiting because they need a donor who is the same race and/or ethnicity, and how we try so hard to enlarge the pool of multiracial donors.
- We learned that anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up to become a possible donor.
PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A BE THE MATCH DONOR! More Information at: http://bethematch.org/