I have volunteered for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive at work. It is a great sense of satisfaction to be a part of helping out. I heard that about 70 blood related diseases (leukemia, lymphoma, … ) can be cured with a Marrow Transplant.
personally, I have been looking for such a drive for almost over a year; had enquired several people about the drive events. Either I had the drive location but the timing and the location was not convenient or I wasn’t around for the local drives. It worked out earlier this year that I went and registered myself in one such donor event.
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2008 more than 130,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma (cancers of blood and bone marrow). About 53,000 patients died from these diseases last year: this means that someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 5 minutes and someone dies from blood cancer every 10 minutes in the U.S. alone, including many children. 3 out of 4 patients will not find a donor in their family. They will depend on unrelated marrow donors for a match.
Genetic diversity: 90% of the patients are likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. This creates a need for much stronger representation of all ethnic groups in the registry. Currently South Asians represent only 1.86 % of the registered donors on the registry. The match rate is only 1 in 20,000.
Readers here: I urge you, if you haven’t thought so yet, to please consider registering as a Marrow Donor. We do not know which patient might need your help and when. Not all donors’ marrow would match with the patient’s blood cells. Thousands of patients are waiting for a miracle, they are searching for a matching bone marrow donor. You can change the world one person at a time.
I hope, if you are interested, not wait like the way I did without registering for over a year. you can find the nearest marrow drives/ events on
India – http://www.datriworld.org/
International List of Bone Marrow Registries (for other countries) http://www.bmdw.org/index.php?id=addresses
Happy Diwali to you all …Be safe