Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lifesavers wanted- marrow donor registry

Activist Smart Mama here today: As I was out shuffling my young ones to their Dr. well visits, and visiting the lab I saw the table to sign up to be on the bone marrow donor registry. So despite clutching 3 winter coats and 2 kids- I signed up, how could I not? It was a fast form and yes 4 cheek swabs (40 seconds of your time) and you're done. Then they input you into a database and if you come up as a match for someone in need they track you down and see if it can work out.

Hey you just might be that one who is a match. And what if you are on the other side of the bed and it is you, your spouse, or your child, waiting for a match? I used to work with bone marrow transplant patients as a child life specialist. I know what those many long fearful months of hospitalization, treatment, and uncertainty mean. Too often the stories don't end the way we hope. In the spirit of inaugural hopefulness and valentines love do this one little thing!

Here in New England, insurance companies are required to cover the cost of the donor testing. So it is no cost to you. And if you call this number you can learn more here or by calling 1-800-726-2824. They will they will even mail you a kit to your house for you to return. They are also looking for ways to spread the word to more so they can increase the database of potential donors (lifesaver!) so you can organize a donor drive at your work, with friends, whomever. Really being able to give someone else the gift of time.
Here is today's painting of day, I finished this week- Emerging Eden-
1. healthy kids 2. donor programs 3. miracles of medicine.

7 comments:

LL said...

YOU are amazing. I know I say that all the time, but honestly...
What a kind and generous thing for you to do.
It changes things when you or someone you love has been on the other side of the bed.
Thanks for having such a kind heart and encouraging the rest of us to act.

Swimmingmom said...

I never even thought of giving in that way. Hmmm. Thanks for letting us know about it. Beautiful painting for a beautiful thought.

Becky said...

Thanks for the info...caring IS sharing. :)

Jenny said...

I'm on it. I will even tell two friends (and so on). Thanks, Smart mama, for being so.smart.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous painting. And I'll be sure to register. :)

King Fam said...

You really are amazing..and your post just made me cry! You really do inspire, with your thoughtfulness and the love that you have in your heart!!

Amy said...

I'm already on it. Tim and I signed up b/c of my FIL having leukemia. He got a bone marrow transplant from his brother and had about 13mo of great health b/c of it. I carry a card in my wallet. I'll have to post on my blog and get others to sign up.