About 2 mos ago, I was contacted by Colorado Marrow Donor Program as a potential match for someone needing a transplant. I was to stop by the hospital lab for some additional blood draws for testing to determine the match and they'd let me know in 6-8 weeks.
I received a letter this week that the extensive testing of my blood samples and the patient's blood for compatability indicate I could be a suitable match. At this time, however, the patient isn't ready to proceed to transplantation and they may contact me in the future. Thank-you for your willingness to consider donation to someone you've never met.
Interestingly enough, just after giving my blood for testing, I found out a woman I worked with many years ago had a bone marrow disease severe enough she needed a marrow donation. (there are no coincidences, eh?) A mutual friend told me this woman's brother donated for her probably a year ago? The transplant was in all accounts a success. Yet, this woman died the beginning of this month.
It's pretty serious business - when someone is sick enough to need a marrow donation, it's not like donating marrow is a 100% cure-all, rainbows and happiness. Yes, I would donate in a second if someone needed my marrow, however it's also sobering to know that they could still die. It's the least I could offer for someone truly fighting for their life.
Anyway - please keep whomever needed this donation in your thoughts... I'm sure he/she and their family are going through some major heartache and heavy decisions. I wish them much love and peace.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, please visit the following site for information or registering to become a bone marrow donor: National Marrow Donor Program
You might provide hope or an option to someone that has none.