Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Be the Match

Hey, good people.  I've been out of the blog loop for a week -- and I still don't have a lot of time today -- but I wanted to stop by and ask something of you.  And for the sake of time, I'll get straight to the point.

If you've never considered joining the National Bone Marrow Registry, please do so today.  It will change your life in a small way, and possibly someone else's in a BIG way.

I joined The Registry a few years ago in hopes of helping a little girl in my hometown.  I was not a match for her, and neither were all those people who showed up at the Be the Match drive to support her. That was unfortunate, and was yet another example of an unfortunate fact: It's harder for Black/African-American patients to find matches due to the lack of Registry members who are Black/African American.

While the National Bone Marrow Registry is always seeking new members (who are black, white, purple, and green), every July they try to raise awareness in the Black/African-American community. For the simple fact that in most cases, only another Black/African-American can help a patient who happens to be Black/African-American.  A registry that doesn't offer the same chances of a match for all patients is not as strong as it can be.  Let's make this registry stronger, people.

I am personally asking you -- no matter if you're black, white, purple, or green -- to join.  It's easy, and it doesn't hurt.  Knowing that you could one day give a small piece of yourself (no pun intended) to save a life should be enough to get you pumped about joining.

Join me and 10 million others.  Start by learning more at BeTheMatch.org.  


Hope everyone's having a good week.  Be back soon.

Love, 
G

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