Happy early Father’s Day! Today I’m running around doing my usual Saturday errands and then heading home to celebrate with my parents tomorrow. Last fathers day, I wrote about becoming a bone marrow donor because it is near and dear to my heart. This father’s day, I wanted to talk about it again because it is still one of the main reasons my dad is still here. He had a bone marrow stem cell transplant a year and a half ago thanks to an anonymous donor found through Be The Match, the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.
While he has had a lot of complications and bad luck since then, I am so incredibly thankful for donor program because it gave him another chance. In addition, with his more recent health problems he’s had to receive weekly blood transfusions and his post-transplant blood type is very rare. Still, every week, the blood center still manages to find his blood type and he receives blood thanks to donors.
So I am here to say THANK YOU to all of you who donate blood and are organ donors. Until my dad became dependent on these generous donations, I didn’t realize just how important it is! Thank you for taking the time and sacrificing because it is so crucial for patients who need them. I also wanted to share this story with you about Cameron Lyle, a track and field standout who ended his career when he came up as a match to donate bone marrow for someone. So incredible.
And lastly, if you are interested in becoming a blood or bone marrow donor, it is so easy! To become a bone marrow or bone marrow stem cell donor, you can register online here. They’ll send you a kit with everything you need. You swab your cheek cells and send in your samples along with answering a questionnaire. When they receive all of your information and samples, you can either choose to donate money along with your registration or just be added to the donor registry. It is essentially free. When I registered, it took less than a couple weeks to get it all taken care of and was hassle free! To become a blood donor, you can check here for locations and blood drives near you! Again, I cannot say a big enough thank you to all of you who already have taken the plunge. If you are interested, I encourage you to check out the websites or talk to your doctor for more information.
Alright, enough testimony for today on the blog, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! If you have questions about Be The Match and donating, feel free to email me or leave a comment!