My brother-in-law got me involved with Be the Match recently. Be the Match is dedicated to matching up patients with available donors. One of the programs they run in providing bone marrow to patients in need.
Their Mission Statement:
Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
I signed up on their site and soon received a kit in the mail. It included 4 cotton swabs that you wipe your inner cheek with and then send back in the prepaid envelope they provide. That was it, easy as pie.
I'm hopeful that I am a match and can selflessly save a life. If you're interested, please register and do the same. You never know who's life you may save.