Most of us take our lives for granted. We assume that tomorrow is a given, but for those with a serious health condition, seeing tomorrow is not a guarantee. In fact, there are many people waiting for a bone marrow donation and without a match, many of these people will not be able to live long, healthy lives. However, you can make a difference! When you sign up for the Be The Match Registry®, you can potentially make a life-saving impact on someone in need.
When I was a kid, I was one such patient. As a baby, I had a health condition that made me quite ill. I needed a bone marrow donation. Luckily, my doctors found a match for me and I was given a donation. This really transformed my health at the time. My doctors even assured my parents that I would not need further bone marrow donations in the future and that I would be able to lead a healthy, normal life. While I have never met my donor, I am forever grateful. This individual has given me a second chance at life! I was able to graduate college summa cum laude and go on to graduate school.
I was able to marry my high school sweetheart and begin a beautiful marriage together.
I was able to give birth to two daughters that bring me joy & happiness every single day.
I was able to start a blog and fulfill my lifelong dream of entrepreneurship.
Yes, my donor gave me a second chance at life! Did you know you can give someone else a second chance? In fact, a marrow transplant can save the life of someone suffering from any one of 70 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Most of these patients cannot rely on family members for a match, as 70% of patients don’t have a matched donor in their family circles. They rely on Be The Match.
If you’re a young adult, you’re especially encouraged to join. This is because the marrow of younger people is healthier than that of older people. Plus, donating is much less painful than one might initially think. Did you know that the Be The Match Registry® is the world’s largest donor registry? All it takes to join is a simple cheek swab. Visit join4kami.org to learn more. You could give someone else a second chance!
One person waiting for their second chance is 11-year-old Kamryn. She suffers from sickle cell anemia but currently has no donors available to help her on the registry. Although Kamryn had five matches on the registry, they were unwilling or medically not able to donate marrow. Find out how you can help Kamryn find a match here.
Have you ever had a serious medical condition? Would you be willing to give a life-saving donation & give someone else a second chance at life?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.