The registration process to become a potential marrow donor involves a consent form that includes basic contact information, race & ethnicity, simple health history questions and a signature. Once that is complete, the person registering does a self-administered cheek swab that takes less than a minute.
If you are a bone marrow match, you can literally save this kid's life. How awesome would that be? Get down to the game, get swabbed and help out a fellow Kings fan.
Cool.. You should post this on the Ducks forum too if you haven't already. Imagine if a Ducks fan is the match? He might have to switch allegiances. I think that would be the only acceptable scenario of jumping ship.
EDIT: You never know, one of their 8 fans might be the match!
Last edited by Buddy The Elf: 04-08-2011 at 03:42 PM.
FYI, the procedure if a match is found is relatively straightforward. The bone marrow harvest takes place in a hospital operating room, usually under general anesthesia. It involves little risk and minimal discomfort for the donor.
I've been on the register for years, but there's another way to help these kids. Most blood donation places also do platelet donations. It usually takes about 2 hours but you can watch movies and eat snacks! You can donate platelets every 2 weeks too. Regular blood donations are twice a year. I've been doing this for about three years. They also give you points towards things like movie tickets. I've been to the movies many times courtesy of United Blood Services.
I know the initial shot hurts, but the people you help ar e hurting a whole lot more.
Just wanted to bump this one more time in honor of Tanner. There are things you can do to help many kids like Tanner, all it just takes some of your time.
Strangely, I started giiving blood because of another poster Game Misconduct. I wonder whatever happened to him.