It isn’t easy being a do-gooder type these days. Everywhere you go, you’re met with empty hands held high in the air as people, often sheepishly, admit they just don’t have the cash to share.
That’s what makes the bone marrow donation event going on this weekend at the Villa Roma such a beautiful thing.
You don’t have to donate a dime. All you need is 10 seconds and the ability to open wide for a cheek swab.
And you can save a life.
Not used to getting such glory for free, are you? Sounds too good to be true?
It’s isn’t. Bone marrow is one of the few parts of the body for which you can be a living donor — you don’t have to die to help someone else. And unlike a kidney, which you kiss goodbye during surgery, your bone marrow will regenerate.
If you’re between 18 and 55 and in fairly good health, you’re running out of excuses. Money doesn’t work; if you’re matched up with someone in need, all expenses will be covered. As for time, well who doesn’t have 10 seconds? Or heck, an hour if it takes that long to drive to the Villa Roma, get in line, get swabbed and gab with some great folks?
How’s this to get you to turn off the ballgame and get out there on April 19 or 20? Five years ago a drive in Jeffersonville drew 501 donors. So far just four have been matches for people in need.
The chances of matching are that slim.
The need is that great.
Don’t live locally? Check out DKMS to find a bone marrow drive near you!
Will you become a bone marrow donor?
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