I Want to be 1 in a Million on National Donor Day

| February 14, 2012

I want to be “The Match”. I want to be the one-in-a-million that is so compatible with a sick person’s DNA that I can be a part of saving a life. I’m here. I’m registered. I’m ready.

It’s easy to overlook these things, to be caught up in the business and the busy-ness of life and not be aware of the need. On the other hand, once you have, once your child or a loved one – or yourself – experiences a real illness, that’s when we get it. That’s when our busy life stops and we get a crash course in what is important.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m the biggest goof-off, RV traveling, beach bum around, but always in the back of my mind is the knowledge that there are real people looking out of those hospital windows hoping for a cure, a transfusion, an organ, or for a matching bone marrow donor. The sad part is, that so many of them will die¬†unnecessarily. They won’t get help because we are too busy to educate ourselves and check the little donor boxes or register online. Sadly, it’s no longer part of our larger culture.

Today is National Donor Day. It’s Valentine’s Day, the day of love, of giving, of chocolate and roses. So while we all celebrate the loves in our lives, would you also take a minute to read about Tucson’s children battling cancer who rely on blood donors or the plight of Arizonans waiting for organs? Would you also take a minute and register as a bone marrow donor? Would you also take the time to become an organ donor? It’s the best gift you can give to someone fighting for life, and their family and sweetheart. I’m betting it’s the best gift you could give yourself.

And that’s so much better than just a box of chocolates. Just ask Shaq (box to the right).

Some facts:

  • 10,000 people need a marrow transplant – half get one
  • 112,995 people are waiting for an organ nationally
  • 18 people die each day waiting for an organ
  • More than 2100 people in Arizona need an organ transplant
  • The need for blood products has risen dramatically with medical advances
  • Each blood donation can help save 3 lives
  • Blood transfusions are most often for surgery victims and chemo patients, not for trauma victims

Arizona Donor Registry website
Be the Match National Marrow Donor website
Red Cross Blood website

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