For those of us who have lost a loved one due to Leukemia, bone marrow is gold - bone marrow transplants are the most common way to fight leukemia right now. Unfortunately, bone marrow cannot be harvested and kept for any significant length of time the way blood can – it must be harvested and transplanted within a matter of hours. To compound the complexity around bone marrow, most family members will not share compatible bone marrow, so wider searches must be performed to find compatible donors.
You can become a life-saving resource to someone, simply by donating a sample of your bone marrow to the National Bone Marrow Registry. It costs nothing. You can literally save lives by doing this. Had a donor been found with compatible bone marrow, my father would probably be alive today.
For those of you who work at or around Microsoft, on October 13 and 14, the Puget Sound Blood Center will be at building 9. Their primary mission is to encourage blood donations. Additionally, they will be able to register you (and your bone marrow) in the Registry during this blood drive. If I’ve been at all persuasive, and even if you’re still just considering this idea, please click here and let the folks at the blood center know you’re interested.
For those of you not in Seattle, please go here to find out how to register. If you have any questions about this, please let me know. Thank you for your time.