I will be joining others as they sign up to be a blood and marrow donor during the University of Nebraska Omaha and National Marrow Donor Program Bone Marrow Match Drive. We all get busy in our daily lives, but we need to take the time to sign up to donate blood or bone marrow for someone else as it might someday save a life. The initial testing is easy with just a mouth swab and filling out some forms. If I am one of the lucky ones to match with a patient, meaning more blood tests to be sure I could be a donor. If everything works out, the donation can be done at The Nebraska Medical Center and might be shipped anywhere around the world for a patient who is undergoing a blood or marrow transplant to treat their cancer.
Although there are many others who are signed up for the registry, some patients still can’t find a match. The more donors we have in the registry, the better the odds are for finding a match for a patient. Donors are especially needed for patients with ethnic minorities as we need more people who are from ethnic minorities to be available for donation. By joining the match and being willing to donate, I hope to show the citizens of Omaha and Nebraska that it is a very worthwhile process and those of us who work with transplant patients everyday are willing to give the gift of a donation to save a life.
The bone marrow donor registry event is Friday, March 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. on The Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in the Durham Outpatient Center near 44th and Emile Streets.