National Marrow Awareness Month

National Marrow Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in November. During this time, we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of physicians who perform transplant research. We also acknowledge those who have donated stem cells and bone marrow in order to save others’ lives. Every year in the U.S., over 17,000 people are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses in which they need a bone marrow, or umbilical cord blood transplant. These types of transplants replace diseased cells with healthy cells. The tricky part tends to be finding a well-matched donor. This is key when it comes to a successful transplant, which is why the more people who donate marrow, the more survivors we have. This month as we honor National Marrow Awareness, we encourage you to consider becoming a donor and potentially saving a life. If you are someone that regularly donates or has in the past, we thank you!

The best way to observe this important day is to donate Marrow!

Donating means volunteering to donate your cells for blood stem cell or marrow transplantation. You can donate to a family member, a friend, or anyone in the world who needs it and matches with you.

I’m on the Bone Marrow Donor List and have been for years but have never been called to donate. You can save the life of someone with cancer and other illnesses by a simple procedure done at the hospital.

I hope you will contact your local Bone Marrow Donor organization to find out more information. One day your family or a loved one may need you, not to mention you can save a stranger’s life. What would be greater than giving someone life?

Melinda

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