Be The Match bone marrow donation registry
Pacific students, faculty and the greater Stockton community have been saving lives one swab at a time. Be The Match, a nonprofit organization dedicated to soliciting bone marrow donations, has been encouraging Pacific to become donors at the Delta Blood Drive.
The week of April 4, the Delta Blood Drive held at Grace Covell Hall on the Pacific campus had massive turnouts. Not only were individuals giving their blood, but they were also signing up to become potential bone marrow donors.
Be The Match occupied the tiny space on the far side of the main hall in Grace Covell. Despite taking up such a small amount of space, Be The Match received record numbers as well, nearly tripling the amount of potential donors from last year’s Blood Drive.
Even though the Blood Drive is now over, it is still imperative for people to continue donating marrow.
Every three seconds, someone will be diagnosed with a blood disease like leukemia, according to the Be The Match official website.
Bone marrow is important in the human body because it boosts the number of white blood cells that help keep our bodies healthy.
These white blood cells function as mini fighters who target foreign objects in the body. Our immunity is contingent upon having a large white blood cell count.
There are a ton of misconceptions about donating bone marrow, and the No. 1 reason people choose not to donate is because they hear the extraction of marrow is painful.
Sure, while any invasive medical procedure is painful to an extent, bone marrow donations are just like giving blood.
The only difference is that for bone marrow the process takes longer, and before the out-patient procedure you are given medicine to increase the cell count in your body.
This procedure could also be accompanied by doctor check ups and physicals.
Even though the process takes up to a month to complete, the payoff is worth it. You have the ability to save a life!
The National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 and based in Minneapolis, operates the Be The Match Registry of volunteer hematopoietic cell donors and umbilical cord blood units in the United States.
The Be The Match Registry is the world’s largest hematopoietic cell registry, listing more than 10.5 million individuals and nearly 185,000 cord blood units.
The donation process is quite simple. Be The Match only asks that you take a cotton swab and rub your cheek.
You repeat this process at different locations on your cheeks, and then you put these swabs in an envelope and mail them off.
Within the next few months, you will receive a notice that will indicate whether or not you are a match.
The number of donors acquired at the Delta Blood Drive do not have to stop here; Pacific students can still get swabbed throughout the year.
If you want more information about the bone marrow registry or want to become a possible donor, go to BeTheMatch.com/Pacific and check out the information offered.
You could be the match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant.