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.
Posts Tagged ‘Compensation’
Tags: Compensation, Institute for Justice, marrow, NBC
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)
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: Compensation, lawsuit, myths
In an article in today’s American Medical News our lawsuit challenging the National Organ Transplant Act is discussed. As most readers are aware, the lawsuit seeks to allow our pilot program of compensating people that follow through with bone marrow transplants. Many so-called bio-ethicists worry that people receiving compensation will withhold medical information. Information that would otherwise exclude them from participation in the program.
There are multiple reasons to believe this fear is unwarranted. First, the marrow matching process is highly rigorous and existing standards that identify risk factors would still be in place if our program is allowed to move forward. Practically speaking this means that marrow donors that come forward due to the existence of our program will go through the same screening process of all others.
Second, we do not claim that our system will be a panacea. We do not claim that our program will help identify a donor for every patient in need however we believe that we can significantly increase the number of donors, especially among those with rare marrow types. Unfortunately under current law we cannot even test this idea without incurring heavy penalties. We, and patients like the ones that joined our lawsuit, should have a change to test the idea. To disallow this chance places the status quo (in which people die daily) above human life.
Tags: Compensation, marrow, money, NBC
In a segment called “Money for Marrow” the Washington, DC NBC affiliate asks whether the government should pay marrow as a way of increasing the supply. Of course this is remarkably close to the goal of MoreMarrowDonors.org where we seek to provide small forms of compensation to bone marrow donors.
One important note is that the money used to fund our pilot program will is also donated. In our program a person (or business) can make a financial donation which will be pooled with other gifts. Once we all legal hurdles have been cleared MoreMarrowDonors.org will turn those funds into scholarships, housing allowances, and other charitable contributions that will be given to bone marrow donors.
At this point we are not seeking funds from the government and in fact believe that many people will want to help save lives through financial donation in addition to bone marrow donation.
Watch the video “Money for Marrow” below.
Tags: Compensation, marrow, transplant
The Newsday editorial board features our vital cause in an article entitled “Bone Marrow Donors Should Be Compensated.” We couldn’t agree more. Click HERE for the full article and thanks for your interest in this important issue. What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day gift a life-saving bone marrow transplant would make – our goal is to increase the number of these transplants by providing various forms of compensation (including scholarships and housing allowances) to those that give marrow. We at MoreMarrowDonors.org look forward to realizing our vision.
Tags: Compensation, Dr. John Wagner, Shaka Mitchell
MoreMarrowDonors.org is featured in an article in the St. Cloud Times. The article also features co-litigant Dr. John Wagner, a leader in the field of bone marrow transplants. In the article , MoreMarrowDonors.org board member Shaka Mitchell mentions that our desire is to increase the number of matches and we think providing small forms of compensation could bring about that goal. Unfortunately, under current federal law, providing these scholarships, housing allowances, or gifts to charity is illegal. Hopefully that’s about to change.
Tags: Compensation, lawsuit, marrow
Today we join families, patients, and doctors in filing a lawsuit that seeks to allow MoreMarrowDonors.org to complete its mission of providing scholarships for bone marrow donors. Please take a look at the following video to learn more about the lawsuit and also visit this link.
Tags: Akiim DeShay, Compensation, leukemia, transplant
Our board member shares his personal story of receiving a life saving bone marrow transplant and talks about our vision to increase the odds that more lives will be saved.
Tags: Compensation, marrow, transplant
Welcome to MoreMarrowDonors.org! Did you know that every day 3 Americans will lose their battle with disease because they can’t find a suitable match for a life-saving bone marrow transplant? We think it’s time to change that.
Bone marrow transplants can be instrumental in fighting diseases such as leukemia but there are simply not enough people on the National Bone Marrow Registry.
Donors and patients are matched according to tissue type, specifically their human leukocyte antigens. HLAs are proteins the immune system uses to recognize which cells are yours and which are foreign. The closer the HLA match, the better the chances of a successful transplant. So while there may be several million donors in various databases around the world, it can be extremely difficult to find a viable match for a specific person.
Most donations involve a simple peripheral blood stem cell draw (similar to a transfusion), which is an outpatient, non-surgical procedure. If actual marrow is needed, less than 5% is harvested and the body replaces it in 4-6 weeks – unlike donating a kidney or lung.