Why should you become a bone marrow donor?
Registering to become a donor takes less time than brushing your teeth. With a simple cheek swab sample, testers will determine your tissue type and you will be placed on a donor list.
Less than 1 percent of registered donors will ever be matched with a patient. If you are, you could save a life. Isn't that worth five minutes?
What happens if you are selected?
K-State's bone marrow registration drive is partnering with DKMS America, a national bone marrow donor center, to find tissue matches for patients with serious diseases, like leukemia. If selected as a match, you will be contacted to provide a blood sample to confirm you are the best match for a patient.
If you are confirmed, you will be asked to donate bone marrow using one of two methods, both of which are relatively painless and have quick recovery times. After you donate, your healthy blood-forming stem cells are transfused directly into the patient's bloodstream, where they can begin to function and multiply. You will not be responsible for any costs.
Who can be a donor?
Generally, any healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55 weighting at least 110 pounds with a maximum body mass index of 40 can register as a donor. However, some restrictions apply.
Why is there a need for people to sign up as bone marrow donors?
Thousands of people with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on finding matching donors who can save their lives. Patients need donors who are a close genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, six out of 10 patients never receive the lifesaving transplant they need. Donors of all ethnicities are needed.To learn more, visit DKMS America at deletebloodcancer.org.