I've been a registered bone marrow donor for several years and want to pass along this opportunity for you to possibly save a life. It's painless to register and you can it as a lesson to show your kids what really matters - helping others.
Julie Friedman, a mom of 2 boys in San Mateo, needs a bone marrow transplant and her friends are organizing the bone marrow registry drive this Friday and Saturday. Julie needs the transplant to battle AML, acute myeloid leukemia.
All you have to do is show up and get your cheek swabbed with a Q-tip. It takes a few minutes to fill out the paperwork. That's it! The costly drive is being underwritten by several donors, though they welcome donations to cover the cost (it costs $100 to add a donor to the registry).
If you can't make it to the marrow drive, you can register online (it will cost you $25, though the actual cost is $100, presumably also underwritten). Go to www.marrow.org to register online, and enter the promo code JUST4JULIE. The online drive goes through 5/14/09.
The local bone marrow drive is Friday April 24 and Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highlands Recreation Center (1851 Lexington Ave, San Mateo, CA). For more information, call 510-301-9512.
I have additional contact information, if you want to contact the organizers to make a donation/volunteer to the drive. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want that.