Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bone Marrow: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming... talk about something that only you can do.

Damn Arbor has a super-important post about bone marrow donation today. That's because the writer's friend has leukemia and is looking for a donor. The person in question happens to be South Asian, and South Asians are underrepresented in the donor pool. Well guess what? So are African Americans, so are Eastern European Jews, so are a zillion different small pockets of ethnic groups.

I am a registered donor. I haven't been called yet, but two of my friends have, and they said it was one of the most moving experiences in their lives.

And when I got registered, you needed to give blood to get typed.
Now? It's a simple cheek swab and a small amount of paperwork. That's right, no needles.

Guess what? There's an opportunity to sign up on the UM Diag this week!
Friday, November 4, from 2 to 8 PM on the Diag

And while we're discussing bodily fluids, have you signed up to give blood regularly? It's a simple way to save three lives with one hour of your time and one pint of your blood. The Red Cross awaits your call (or online signup).

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