Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Be the match and save a life

Fouty-six thousand folks will get free enrollment into the lifesaving registry for bone marrow donors, thanks to a one-time special donation which started yesterday. Enrollment is very, very easy (think cheek swab; mine took less than five minutes) and very, very important, especially in minority communities and for folks with varegated heritage as well as folks who are:
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian, including South Asian
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic or Latino
The total cost to add a new member to the registry is about $100, and the majority of that goes to the cost of genetic typing. The government doesn't pay for it, insurance doesn't pay for it; it all runs on donations.

You can't save a life if you don't sign up. Here's more info.

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