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.
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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.
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It’s with great joy that we report on the increased education efforts surrounding marrow donation. One of the NBA’s greatest players of all time is featured in this brief clip. He is speaking on behalf of “Be The Match” – a national bone marrow registry that organizes drives and education campaigns. Check out the video and get involved. You can do that by clicking the link to the left of this post.
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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: myeloma, Shaka Mitchell, transplant
Upon launching our lawsuit we immediately began to receive questions about whether our goal is to address certain diseases (while therefore excluding others). The short and simple answer is “No.” Our goal is to increase the number of people that follow through with marrow donation, especially among those with rare marrow type, regardless of disease. See this article from the Myeloma Beacon about how our pilot program could address multiple myeloma patients.
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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.
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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.