Saturday, January 26, 2008

Marrowmania

Hi, folks. I'm still catching up on my mail, and many have asked about donating marrow in case Tamu isn't a match.

If Tamu isn't a match, then the docs have to search through the registry to find a possible match. The registry is maintained by Héma-Québec, and all the details about donating can be found on their website here and here. Unlike blood donations, you don't actually donate marrow straight away; initially your blood is typed and added to the database; you only actually give up marrow if you're a match for someone.

Bear in mind that it's not possible to donate marrow (or find out if you're a match) just for me. Once you're in the system, you're essentially volunteering your marrow for anyone who needs it. Of course, that's not really a bad thing.

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