Finding a donor for blood cancer patients

Finding a donor for blood cancer patients


LITTLE BOY FIGHTING CANCER SINCE HE WAS ALREADY FER YIELD.>>– 4 YEARS OLD.>>LITTLE ALEJANDRO NEEDS A BONE MARRO TRANSPLANT. SARA DONCHEY WENT THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO SHOW YOU HOW TO BE A DONOR. SHE’S JOINING US NOW TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT.>>Reporter: FOR SOME BLOOD CANCER PATIENTS, FINDING A DONOR WHO MATCHES THEM IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVING AND DYING. FOR THE REST OF US, 10 MINUTES IS ALL IT TAKES TO HELP FIND OUT IF WE COULD BE THE ANSWER TO SAVING A LIFE. THE FLICK OF A PEN AND SWAB OF A CHEEK COULD BE THE FIRST STEP TO SAVING A LIFE.>>IT’S IMPERATIVE JUST FOR THE HOPE OF THE PATIENT THAT THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO LIVE AND EXTEND THEIR LIVES.>>Reporter: THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS FIGHTING BLOOD CANCERS DEPEND ON BONE MARROW AND STEM CELL ATTORNEYS. MANY — DONORS. MANY OF THEM STRANGERS. WE FOUND OUT JUST HOW EASY IT IS TO SIGNED UP FOR THE BONE MAR YOW REGISTRY.>>– MARROW REGISTRY.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT IT, THEIR FEARS ARE FAR WORSE THAN WHAT THE ACTUAL PROCESS IS. THIS IS JUST ADDING YOU TO THE REGISTRY.>>Reporter: FIRST, YOU FILL OUT PAPERWORK.>>THIS IS YOUR CONSENT FORM. YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND COMPLETE THOSE ITEMS.>>Reporter: THEN, SWAB YOUR CHEEK.>>10, NINE, EIGHTH.>>Reporter: NEXT, YOU WAIT TO SEE IF YOU’RE A POTENTIAL MATCH FOR A PATIENT. ONLY ABOUT ONE IN 400 PEOPLE WILL GO ON TO DONATE.>>IF WE GET A PERFECT MATCH IN THE DONOR REGISTRY, IT CAN TRANSLATE INTO FIVE, 10, 1520 YEARS FOR SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, WHO’S STRUGGING WITH THEIR DISEASES — STRUGGLING WITH THEIR DISEASES.>>Reporter: AFTER 14 YEARS ON THE REGISTRY, SHE DONATED HER BONE MARROW AND CHANGED A LIFE FOREVER. NOW, IF YOU ARE A POTENTIAL MATCH FROM THE REGISTRY, A BLOOD TEST WILL BE NEEDED FOR CONFIRMATION. THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO ACTUALLY DONATE. ONE BY TAKING PERIPHERAL BLOOD CELLS THROUGH A NEEDLE IN YOUR ARM. THE OTHER A SURGICAL PROCEDURE TO DRAW LIQUID MARROW FROM YOUR HIP. IT’S DONE GENERAL ANESTHESIA SO YOU DON’T FEEL PAIN. THERE ARE FA FEW MINORITY DONORS IN THE REGISTRY. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UPCOMING DRIVES WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR

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