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A Public Service

Hi,

I’m a 1st year medical student at Yale writing on behalf of my friend Natasha Collins, and I’m hoping you might post to your blog about her. She is a leukemia survivor and an incredible young woman. She has relapsed and is currently in need of a bone marrow transplant. I’m attaching a picture from her birthday party this year, right around the time she went back into treatment.

Please consider joining the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. All it takes is a few minutes–you just swab your cheek and mail the sample in. If you are ever called upon to donate, it’s a simple and fairly painless process, much like donating blood. (Donating bone marrow used to be very painful and surgical, but it is generally done as a simple outpatient procedure now that the technology has evolved. However, if you are concerned please check out the website!). It’s much harder to match bone marrow than blood, so if you are a match for someone, you may literally be the only person who could save their life.

Our friend Natasha is half black and half white, which makes her bone marrow especially difficult to match. A match for her is likely to also be of mixed heritage, and minority and mixed heritage donors are underrepresented in the registry. ***There is currently no match in the national registry for her***, so our best hope is someone like yourself who is willing to get typed and sign up. These grassroots drives do actually work–people have found matches because friends and family mobilized and contacted everyone they can think of.

Please encourage friends and family, especially of minority background, to register to the NBMDP. They could be Natasha’s match and save her life. Please please please forward this note to anyone you can think of.

Register Online
Go to http://www.marrow.org
Click Join in person
Use the code BK041309 (0 = zero) (THIS WAIVES THE 52$ FEE IF YOU USE IT BETWEEN 4/24-4/30!)

Register in Person
http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_in_Person/Recruitment_Groups/rec_group.pl#CT

Find a Drive Near You
http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_in_Person/index.html

Join Natasha’s Facebook Support Group
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65568844747&ref=nf

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Written by Ruckus

April 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Posted in Public Service

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  1. I copied this from Ezra Klein at The American Prospect
    Here is the url for the original post.
    http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=04&year=2009&base_name=a_public_service_announcement_1

    Ruckus

    April 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm


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