One year ago today, my friend, Penny Lindenberg died. She had leukemia. She left a husband and two young daughters.
She was only 37 years old.
Please talk to people from DKMS about how to become a dedicated marrow donor. FAQ's are here- http://www.dkmsamericas.org/faq. The process of being a donor, if you are ever called, is not as difficult as movies make it out to be, or as scary. 70-80 percent of the time, donors are NOT asked to have any surgery- the transplant team uses a blood transfer system that is a lot like donating platelets. DKMS will ship you a test kit- it is a simple cheek swab.
For more information on that, contact http://www.dkmsamericas.org/.
Bone marrow donors are not like blood donors- there has to be almost an exact match on many levels for bone marrow- therefore ancestry and ethnicity matter. YOU could be someone's only chance for a chance.
Thank you- Holly