An Easy Way To Save A Life

An Easy Way To Save A Life


( music playing )Welcome back. Let’s give
a Good Mythical welcome to Chris Bettencourt
and Dillon Hill. – Hello.
– Thanks for coming in, guys. Thanks for having us.
I really appreciate it. Thank you guys. Now, guys, you’re here because, Chris,
it was on your bucket list to be on Good Mythical Morning. Yes, and it’s
an absolute honor to be here and sitting next to you guys. Never expected it
to actually happen. Well, it’s really cool to be
on somebody’s bucket list and to help them check it off. Do you have the actual bucket? It’s on our website. ‘Cause I never leave my bucket. – Mine’s smaller than Link’s.
– We actually need some. Yeah, we need to make
our own buckets, yeah, to bring with us wherever we go. But we were really excited
to have Chris and Dillon
on the show because we wanted you
to hear their story, and I really think, over the
course of the next few minutes as we talk about this, you can help really make
a difference in some people’s life. So let’s get into it.
Tell us your story. Well, Dillon and I have been
best friends from since
the fourth grade. Awesome. Real long time
for some people’s standards. And– And, unfortunately
in October of last year, I was re-diagnosed
with chronic myeloid leukemia. And, unfortunately–
I’ve been going through it
for a while, but this time they told me it
was medication resistant, and I have a year to live unless I find
a bone marrow donor. So right now I’m living
my bucket list and just trying to find
a bone marrow donor, trying to raise
leukemia awareness, and hopefully we can get
a bone marrow donor to help possibly
save my life, and if not, we’re hoping
to raise enough awareness that we can at least save
someone else’s life because that’s something–
you know, that’s big, and it’s bigger
than just my life. There’s other people
we can help and save, then, yeah,
I’m down to do it. – Absolutely.
– And that’s where you
Mythical beasts come in. That’s why we wanted to have
these guys come on here because you guys have
an opportunity today to help potentially
save Chris’s life or somebody else’s life. Yeah, and before we get
into the mechanics of it, I just love
the part of the story about how
the friendship continues and how, in some ways– I was going to say that maybe
you put your life on pause in terms of
your college career. – Yeah.
– But maybe that’s not
the right way to put it. Maybe it’s
the exact opposite. It’s a much bigger step. Yeah, so Chris and I– I was right there
when he was first
diagnosed in fifth grade. And so we’ve kind of been
through this before. I joke,
and every time he calls, I’m not looking forward
to that phone call ’cause he’s called me quite
a few times with bad news. This time he called me and told me that he has
a year left to live, and one thing he said was, he’s afraid of not being able
to experience things. And some of the examples
he gave were really basic things that I was planning on
doing soon, like maybe getting married or buying a new car or signing for a house, just things
that we plan on doing but aren’t there for him. And then I just decided,
you know what? I have so much opportunity
in my life. Let me give some of that up. I dropped out of college and I asked him to come to me
with a list of 50 things, and some of those things
we put on the list, like be on
“Good Mythical Morning,” which we did not
expect to happen. That sounds crazy. We weren’t expecting
that at all.We have, like, Lift weights
with The Rock,
but we also have… Link:
That sounds dangerous.
– Dillon:Yeah.
( all laughing )Dillon:We also have
other things on the spectrum,
like the first thing
we crossed off,
was to feed homeless people,which is something
you always hear about,
but you never do,
– Link:Yeah, yeah.
And we were able to do that.Help an old lady
across the street.
That’s– you know,
that’s a joke.
A lot of people mentioned that
of something they should do.
We have also some big things, like Chris wants to get
a new car. He’s had the same one.
He wants to get a new bed. Just it’s the whole spectrum
of what life is about and now we’re experiencing
it together. And you can see the whole list
on your website. At onelist.life, there’s ways to,
besides bethematch.com– they’re a very big help– but you can sign up
on our website as well, which redirects
through Be The Match, and we just try to make
everything there, our YouTube videos,
our bucket list items. Everything is there and
hopeful easy to navigate. And kind of the reason
I wanted to start this was, if Chris
is going to pass, I want to be able
to remember him and have a photo book, and so we started
the YouTube channel, and now we have
so many people supporting us, and I have a document
of who he is to me, and experiencing
life together. – But you’re–
– That’s an amazing story. But your passing
is not a done deal. – I mean–
– There’s a chance. There’s a chance, yeah. Well, we’re gonna fi–
because– – So explain that whole process.
– We need to find a match. Yeah, explain the process. There’s no one on Earth that is currently
in the Be The Match registry that matches you well enough
to save your life. So the exercise
is to find more people to add to the registry in order to save your life or other people
who are in the same position or will be
in the same position. Yeah, it’s– you either get
a call or you don’t get a call. They don’t really let you know
if you’re getting close or not. So, unfortunately
I haven’t got any calls, and it’s just really
a waiting game right now to hopefully find a match. We’re just hoping
to raise this awareness, like I said,
and hopefully, you know, I can get saved
and keep living my life, – but the bigger thing is…
– Absolutely, man. …is if it can save
someone else as well… The more people that sign up
to be on the registry that more people
that can save Chris and the more lives
in general that are saved because of, you know,
just swabbing your cheek. Right ’cause it’s really
a numbers game. And this is what’s
fascinating to me, is this isn’t–
you may be like, “Well, why don’t you just get
one of your family members
to do it?” Well, it’s actually–
It’s interesting,
the way that it works. It’s actually more likely
that somebody out there who’s a distant relative
or somebody that you don’t know is going to be
the exact match that you need. And that’s why it’s almost– it’s usually coming
from a stranger. It could be like
a-one-in-a-million chance. – Yeah.
– Yeah. It varies
from person to person what their chances are. So it’s hard to say that
specifically, but it’s certainly
a worthwhile exercise. And Link’s gonna
show us how easy the process of adding yourself
to the registry is. So you go to bethematch.org, and you get the swab guide
sent to you, I’m gonna do this right now. “Buccal swab kit directions.” They should call it something
better than “buccal”– They should call it something
fun, like “Mouth Swab Fun Kit.” Okay. We’ll put that request in. Read that out loud
and I’m gonna to it. Okay, and I will just say,
really quickly, the only reason
that I’m not doing this that it has been recommended that if you have chronic
back issues, like I do– – You’re not a candidate.
– I’m not a candidate for it. But most everybody else is, so we’re talking, like,
95% or more of the population. Great candidate for this. And it’s free. I’m happy to do it. I will say
before I swab my cheek, because that’s what
you’re all waiting for. “I can’t wait to see him
swab that cheek.” That’s gonna be
so much fun. When I’ve heard about bone marrow
donorship, I’ve heard about how
incredibly painful it is. And of course me being
such a queasy wheezy, I think I’ve put off
even looking into it, honestly,
because of this fear I have of how much it’s gonna hurt.
It’s not a rational thing. It’s just something you
always have a reason
to do something else besides sign up
for the registry. But that’s a misconception. But it is a misconception because it’s
an outpatient procedure. Well, let me go back. If– when you swab, you send it in,
you’re part of the registry, you may never be called, but if you are a match, you may be the only person
on Earth who can save somebody’s life, and then you have
an opportunity to then go,
all expenses paid, everything covered, to donate
your bone marrow, and it’s an outpatient
procedure. So over the course
of less than an hour, right? About 45 minutes. …you’re put under anesthesia, they take bone marrow
out of your hip bone, and then
for the next few weeks, you just have a dull pain in your back. like somebody punched you
just above the butt. Yeah, yeah. And, you know,
I feel like, for me, I can’t defend
not swabbing my cheek and joining the registry if it’s me feeling like I’m
getting punched above the butt, or saving a life. – Right.
– It seems– you know, so… It really is saving
someone’s life. Yeah, it’s no one with any
of these blood conditions can just decide, “Oh, I’m just
going to go to the hospital
and get saved.” It’s literally reliant
on someone else. It’s one of those few things
out there medically-wise that it’s literally like, I can’t save my own life. I need you. And it’s one
of those rare things that we need to bring
more awareness to. Maybe I’m your man. – Hopefully.
– Let’s do this. – That’d be great.
– That’d be awesome. Happy Mouth Fun Time
Swabbing Time. Yes! – “Open the swab package.”
– Done. – “Remove one swab.”
– Did. “Two– swallow.” Swallow?
The swab? – That’s gonna frigging hurt.
– No, no, no, you just swallow. That’s how they get
the sample? You swallow.
Then– Hold on. Hold on.
I got to swallow. ‘Cause you wanna get grimy– You don’t want them
to be matching people
with lamb tongue. – You know what I’m saying?
– Good point. “This man has
all the markings of a lamb…” – “Tongue.”
– “Swallow. Then brush the swab inside your
cheek and along the gum line for ten seconds.” – Count.
– One, two, three, four, five, six, seven– – This is fun!
– …eight, nine, ten. Whoo! Happy fun swab time. “Now wrap one barcode label
around the stick, farthest from the swab tip.” I’ve already did that. “Like a flag.
Four– place the labeled stick into the adhesive strip,
as shown below.” That’s on that, so…
Give it. Oh, the adhesive strip. – And then–
– I had that. Sorry. Got carried away with Happy
Mouth Fun Times swab boys. So I’m putting that here. Bam. And then it says, “Repeat
the process one more time.” There you go. And then if you have fast enough
Internet connection, you can now take my DNA for your own
replacatory purposes. So I’m gonna hold that here
really still, so you can do that, to put it
on your Internet connection. – Rhett: Okay.
– Link: Okay? There you go.
Make more of me. We’re gonna continue
to talk to these guys
on “Good Mythical More” and enjoy
some food with them, but we want to encourage you all to go to bethematch.org. ( British accent )
Be the match. You can get
one of these kits. You can potentially
save somebody’s life. And this is the most Mythical
thing that we could ask you
to do. This is the epitome
of Mythicality, is the ability
to sacrifice yourself for somebody else,
and you know what? It’s not even that much
of a sacrifice. It’s getting punched in
the butt. That’s all it takes. So bethematch.org and also
mybestfriendslist.com, these guys’ website. Thank you for liking,
commenting, and subscribing. You gotta say,
“You know what time it is.” You know what time it is. I’m Genevieve
from Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and I’m here
at Montage Mountain, and it’s time to spin
the Wheel of Mythicality. Click the bottom link to watch this episode
from the beginning. There was a person leaning
off the side of the ski lift
to be out of the shot. They didn’t wanna be
in there. Yeah. It was Mom. And click the top link
to watch us and the crew eat the lasagna pretzel with Chris and Dillon
in “Good Mythical More.” And to find out where
the Wheel of Mythicality is going to land. Link:Support Be The Match,please go to bethematch.organd find out how you can
join the donor registry
and help another friend.