How You Can Honor Your Mother, and possibly save a life. Become A Bone Marrow Donor.
Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 9, 2007
image from 10 Reasons To Become A Bone Marrow Donor
The promotion, called “Thanks, Mom,” urges people to join the marrow registry in honor of their mothers, thereby giving the gift of life to others to commemorate the life that your mother gave to you.
The best part of the promotion is that you can join the registry from 7 May to 21 May FOR FREE. The NMDP has received funding to allow people to register at no cost to them (the registration fee is usually $52, to cover the cost of the tissue-typing kit and the associated lab costs).
It’s super-easy—just go to www.marrow.org and click on the “Thanks, Mom!” banner in the center of the page for more information. Go through the online registration process. Then, the NMDP will send you a tissue typing kit, which is essentially a cheek swab. You’ll take a scraping of your cells from the inside of your cheek (like you probably did in high school biology), return the sample to the NMDP in a postage-paid envelope, and that’s it! — Read Amanda’s full post at BlogHer Health and Wellness.
PSA — Take a second to make a difference.
Here is a quick little video that shows you how easy it is to do your cheek swab.