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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

be the match

So I did it.
I signed up to be on the bone marrow registry
and it wasn't intimidating or scary, and it didn't hurt :)
Just filled out a paper and swabbed my cheeks.
And as I did it I was filled with one BIG QUESTION:
Why didn't I do this 30-years ago???
There's a little guy here in Nevada who has been on the waiting list for bone marrow for 4 long years. He's finally been matched up and will get his transplant in a month. It's not that there aren't any donors out there ... there are millions on the registry. It's just hard to find a match. So the more there are to choose from, the better the chances of finding a match.
Here's what says:

A match for every patient. Hope for every family.

We have a registry of millions. But we still do not have matched bone marrow donors or umbilical cord blood for all patients, especially those from racially and ethnically diverse communities.

We need more people to join the registry and expectant parents to donate umbilical cord blood. With your help, more people will receive a transplant. And more families will have a future filled with hope.

Here's hoping my DNA matches someone who needs me!


  1. Bravo Denalee! Good message to be spreading. It will change lives.

  2. Denalee I am so happy you posted this. I have been contemplating joining the registry for quite some time. I am determined to not let my own fears diminish the hope of saving another persons life.

    Thank you!!

  3. Wow..well done,sweetie. Such an amazing thing to do and I am totally inspired by you, my dear

  4. That is just simply so nice denalee.God Bless you for doing that.Its much needed,we need more people like you.Have a lovely day!

  5. Congratulations - this is huge! Well done, you're an inspiration!

  6. Denalee how wonderful do do something that most of us never think about... until a family member needs help! Thank you!

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  7. dear denalee,

    you are one of the most selfless, inspiring people
    i have ever known.

    i am humbled.

  8. well you definitely find some pretty interesting places!!! who knew????? i'm definitely checking this out. i'm already an organ donor!

    hope you are well. thank you so much for your sweet comment!

    hugs & smiles :)

  9. Your are not only an amazing person but truly an inspiration!!! HHL

  10. Oh my goodness, never quit. I am, once again, inspired by you, my friend. Beautiful ~