Baltimore, MD – The idea compensation for bone marrow donation continues to offer practical hope to patients suffering from treatable blood diseases. Check out this report from KSAT in San Antonio covering our all-important issue. Click HERE.
Yesterday a key deadline passed. Monday was the final day that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s office could petition the U.S. Supreme Court for review of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that allows aphresis bone marrow donors to be compensated. In layman’s terms this means MoreMarrowDonors.org has virtually no legal barriers to executing its plan to dramatically increase the number of bone marrow transplants that occur each year. Read the press release from the Institute for Justice, our attorney, HERE.
Tags: Compensation, Institute for Justice, marrow, NBC
NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will feature the pathbreaking case of Flynn v. Holder, in which MoreMarrowDonors.org joined with others, including lead plaintiff Doreen Flynn, to challenge the National Organ Transplant Act. The show will air nationally on Thursday, June 14th at 10pm (EST) on NBC. Read more HERE.
Tags: Compensation, marrow, Radio, Shaka Mitchell
Hear MoreMarrowDonors.org President Shaka Mitchell interview with Reed Pence of Radio Health Journal. The interview covers the origin of our lawsuit and several common misconceptions about our proposed pilot program are addressed. Click this LINK to hear the show in a new window. (approx. 15 minutes)
Recently, the Huffington Post published an article regarding the December 1st 2011 ruling in our favor by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The article discusses the common sense reasoning behind such a decision that will save lives and later asks the question “…shouldn’t the Justice Department simply stay out of it?” Read the article HERE
Tags: books, Mike Hamel, video
MoreMarrowDonors.org co-founder and board member Mike Hamel’s work was recently featured on KOAA-TV (NewsFirst5 – Colorado Springs). When diagnosed with a non Hodgkin lymphoma Mike made the decision to chronicle his experiences via his blog Open Mike. Just last month Mike release a new book entitled, “Stumbling Towards Heaven” which discusses the interplay between his diagnosis and issues of faith. Click HERE for the KOAA-TV report and click HERE to purchase a copy of Mike’s new book.
Tags: marrow, Mike Hamel, Radio, transplant
Our own Mike Hamel was featured on the nationally broadcast Steve and Johnnie show which is broadcast out of Chicago, IL (WGN Radio 720). Mike spoke with the hosts about the life-saving potential of marrow transplants and his own battle – and triumph – over cancer. You can download mp3 files of the two-part show HERE and HERE.
Tags: Compensation, Kumud Majumder, lawsuit, marrow
Last week MoreMarrowDonors.org joined other plaintiffs in pressing forward with legal action to create the first of its kind program designed to grow the supply of bone marrow donors through the vehicle of compensation. We are happy to have received much media attention (which generated significant interest in among the public) including this article in the L.A. Times. Read more HERE and be sure to click the links to the left to follow MoreMarrowDonors.org on Facebook and Twitter.
Tags: marrow, transplant
Traditionally one of the largest impediments to donation bone marrow was the perceived pain. The process has changed significantly in recent years and in many cases donors report little to now pain. One major impetus to launching MoreMarrowDonors.org is combating the attrition that occurs when people called upon to donate marrow have unfounded fears about the pain. This article highlights new procedures that make the giving more manageable and reminds us that even if you are afraid of needles, the chance to save a life is worth the cost. Read more HERE.
Tags: event, fundraiser, leukemia, lymphoma, marathon
Two of the biggest obstacles to meeting the need for bone marrow matches are the lack of awareness about the problem (and solutions) and the lack of funds associated with education, research, and recruitment of viable marrow matches. One man, Bob Ewing, of Arlington, VA set out to do something about this problem.
Bob is running the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon barefoot. That’s right, 26.2 miles of nearly all pavement in nothing but the skin he was born in. He’s doing it to raise money and awareness. He’s doing it in honor of his Mom who was diagnosed with Lymphoma 14 years ago. He’s doing it because he knows that everyday people wait anxiously to see if the phone rings saying a life-saving match has been found. It’s amazing to see what one inspired person can do. Here’s his video and his website. We hope that you’ll consider lending him your support and we wish Fran Ewing our best.