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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Get tested for bone marrow donation

Sometimes I will pass along a request to help out those in our community in need. Here's an easy way to help! A 13 year old on the peninsula area has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (AA).   AA is a disease of the bone marrow and happens when the bone marrow stops making enough red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets for the body.  Unfortunately, the cause for this child's AA and the child is facing a bone marrow transplant.

How can you help? It's easy and free. Please get tested to determine whether you would be a bone marrow match.  Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can get tested from anywhere and be part of the bone marrow registry.  This is such a simple and non-invasive test -- just a cotton swab of the mouth.

There are two easy ways to get tested.  First, on Sunday March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be a bone marrow drive in the Peninsula Temple Sholom parking lot.  It only takes a few minutes. The address is 1655 Sebastian Drive in Burlingame.

Second, you can go to following website http://join.bethematch.org/ 4bryce, request a free test kit, and use the following promo code:  4bryce.  The registry will send the kit to you, and you use the cotton swab and then send it back.  It is very easy, and you could save a life.  (Note: if you are on the bone marrow registry list already, you do not need to do this again). I'm already on the donor list -  very easy indeed.

Here are some FAQs on bone marrow donation. There's  a Jewish saying, "if you save one life it's as if you saved the whole world." Do your part to save the world!

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