If you can spare about 20 minutes of your life on Friday (March 31), consider putting your name on the list of potential bone-marrow donors. It won’t hurt, it’s free, and you could save a life.
Great Falls area residents have a chance to become listed on the National Marrow Donor Program registry by going to the Civic Center Friday and signing up. For Great Falls area residents who would like to help, joining the marrow registry Friday should only take about 15 minutes. Volunteers complete a consent form, and then use four swabs to collect cells from their mouth.
A friend of mine, Chad, was tested and placed on the list several years ago, and a short time later, he was matched to a person with leukemia, and then Chad underwent the procedure to donate marrow to the cancer patient. Without the donation, the survival rate was estimated at 20-40%…but thanks to the National Marrow Donor Program and Chad, the patient is now doing well and is in full remission. So be like Chad – be a hero.