Today is National Bandanna Day and so we’re being bombarded with images of the bandanna’s as well as stories on the news and other documentary type shows about Leukemia and importance of our bone marrow registry.
The stories really touched me. Its odd how one experiences situations when you become a parent. I always thought that having a child diagnosed or die from Leukemia must be simply indescribable but now having Ava, it takes those emotions and how I relate to those parents to a totally new level.
Walter and I watched these shows and were both wondering how they get the bone marrow out of a donor, when they explained how simple the process is, similar to donating blood, no anesthesia, no trauma and back at work the following day, we both felt that it was something we wanted to do. We want to be approved donors on the registry.
I phoned the Sunflower Foundation this morning and started the application process. Its so simple really, you phone them, answer a questionnaire, they take down your details, issue you with a reference number and the location of your nearest lab and off you go. If you can’t afford the blood test, which is R1 000, they will sponsor the blood test for you and then once your blood work is completed you go onto the registry and wait to be matched. The odd’s of being matched are only 1 in 100 000 but still, you have a chance to save someones life.
I’m a little disappointed, I meet all the criteria except one, I need to phone them back in December as you can’t have had a tattoo or piercing in the last 3 – 6 months.
There couldn’t possibly be a greater gift than that, so if any of you are interested, please phone them on 0800 12 10 82!