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Good on ya, stellla!

I've been in the registry since...1902???...but have never been contacted. I've recently updated my mailing address because i've moved around for so long - i now need to change my name from my maiden to my married. I actually want to be contacted - i would love to donate marrow to someone. Does that make me a freak?!?

The year after i graduated from college, a very popular student needed a bone marrow transplant and his fraternity organized a bone marrow registry drive. (He eventually found a match and is alive and well 10 years later.) A friend of mine registered and was contacted a few years later BUT SAID NO. I was flabbergasted. I hate to pass judgement on such a personal decision but i can't imagine being given the chance to save someone's life and turning it down.

I don't watch "Oprah" that often but i will never forget one of her charitable giving shows that featured a man who donated bone marrow to a complete stranger. For the first time, he was going to meet the woman who received his marrow, as well as her family. The woman's father went to hug the donor and said, "Thank you for saving my daughter's life."

I still well up when i think about it. Renews my faith in humanity.

Like donating blood, it's SO SIMPLE to make a difference. What's a little discomfort and inconvenience when there's a life - even a stranger's - at stake?

the view is nice from atop this soapbox...
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