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~~Bone Marrow Registry Drive~~
This Tuesday and Wednesday
1. Dr. Vail is a rhetoric professor here at GC. He was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2013 and has been on sick leave ever since. Chemotherapy has yet so far been ineffective and he tendered his resignation just last week. This bone marrow registration is looking to classify students and faculty by bone marrow type in hopes of finding a possible life saving match for Dr. Vail or similar cancer patients.
2. What is involved with getting tested?
A consent form and a cheek swab. The test itself is nothing more than a quick DNA test to see if you match anyone who is currently searching.
3. How long would that take?
Roughly two minutes.
4. What are the actual chances of being a match?
Slim. Roughly one in every five-hundred people who sign up will ever strike a precise enough match to be asked to donate. Of those who do match, the potential matching donor may, quite likely, be the only potential life saving donor.
5. Does donating bone marrow hurt?
Surprisingly, up to 75% of life saving procedures don’t actually require any invasive procedure. Modern day, most transfer are done through a process called (PBSC) peripheral blood stem cell donation which is barely more complicated than giving blood. Blood is taken from one arm, a specific type of stem cell is harvested, and then blood is transfered right back into the other arm. The process takes roughly three hours and a life can be saved as simply as that.
6. If it can really be that quick and painless, how can anyone fail to find a match?
Organization. The matches are out there, but people are busy. The problem is in finding a way to make people take notice. (HINT HINT, pass me on and tell your friends please)
7. Are single individuals (you) important to this effort?
Yes. Unlike blood donation, which is relatively easy to strike a match with, bone marrow donation requires a highly specified match. In recent years, especially among minority groups, up to 80% of people who received a life saving donating, the matching donor was the only appropriate match on the entire registry. Individuals are VERY important in this.
8. Do I incur any form of obligation by signing the consent form and joining the registry?
No, not at all. The only thing you are signing onto is to be informed if it is found that you could potentially save someone’s life.
9. What would happen if you were to strike a match?
You get a phone call or an email informing you that you’re a possible match for an affected patient, at which point you will be asked if you would be willing to come in for more testing.
10. When and where is this going on?
Magnolia ballroom. April 15th (Tuesday) and 16th (Wednesday).
11. Distilled to a point:
A member of our own community is suffering with leukemia and it may be within our power to help if we take the time to notice. Getting registered would take less that a minute of your time. Actually going on to save someone’s life might take no more than 3-4 hours.
12. I have:
A. Some more questions
B. an interest in donating but I’m unsure.
C. an interest in helping out with the drive.
D. an interest in joining the registry but I cannot find the time to come by right now
Contact one of us here. We’re both GC students and if you can’t find the time, we can get someone to you. Everyone’s important here, all you’ve gotta do is ask.
Kasey Gay: email@example.com