November is national Marrow Awareness Month, to try and bring attention to the lives that can be saved through bone marrow donation and transplant. Did you know you can donate an "organ" while you're still alive and save someone's life? Well, you sure can, and all it take is a simple mouth swab, no needle necessary any more! Currently there are a lot of local drives to get donors registered in the National donor database. All you need to do is find a drive in your area, and head over to get swabbed and registered. Then if you are found to be a match, you'll be contacted and further testing will confirm if you can be a donor AND SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE!! Now it doesn't get much kinder than that, does it?
70% of all patients, primarily blood cancer (e.g., leukemia, aplastic anemia), can't get find a family member with a suitable match. This is where donor marrow can come into play and save a life. It's very effective for the patient and only minimally uncomfortable for the donor. Please think about helping!!
For more information and to find a donation site near you, check the website at: bethematch.org