As I’ve written about here before I’m a regular blood donor! I started out by donating plain old whole blood. That allowed me to donate a pint of blood every two months or so. Since I was a good bleeder (it’s a talent I swear!) they asked me to do automated donations. Now I regularly (or as regularly as I can with my work schedule) donate platelets using a machine.
From donating I’ve seen signs and received emails about signing up to be a blood marrow donor. I hate to hear stories of people sitting and waiting for a donor and possibly dying without ever getting the help they need, so I decided to sign up! I started out by going to BeTheMatch.com. I read the information and decided I should sign up.
I filled out the information and checked all the boxes and sure enough less than a week later I got this in the mail:
So I opened it up and read all the contents….here are some of them:
And there’s more:
On the left their are four sealed swabs for me to use and a foam holder to hold and send them back.
So I followed the instructions and swabbed my mouth four times, tagged them with my unique id sticker and placed them in the holder.
So there they are! Four swabs with my spit and cells from inside my mouth. If this falls into the wrong hands someone could create a new me!!! For some reason I picture him looking like Tom Hardy…Trekkies may understand why…
So I sealed it all up and sent it off to Minnesota. Interesting that my DNA is heading off to Minnesota as most of my relatives are from Minnesota!
Do I know if I’ll match? No, but if I do I might be able to help save a life. Since I don’t have any important talents like a surgeon this is a small way that I can really save a life! I know not everyone likes blood or needles (they don’t bother me at all) but I recommend everyone take a look at BeTheMatch.com and give it a thought. You might Be The Match for someone!