- Join the National Marrow Donor Registry. There are people all over the country who need a transplant who will die this year because they can' t find a suitable bone marrow/stem cell match. Joining only takes a few minutes of your time and a few dollars. If you're cheap (like me) you can find a local bone marrow drive near you where the cost will be covered. (Light the Night is one such event.) If you can't find an event near you contact the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and they should be able to find a way to help you. Wendy joined at a Light the Night walk this past summer.
You're under no obligation to actually donate even if you're registered. If, at some point, you are matched and do choose to donate however, you will literally have saved someone's life. Please, please, please register.
- Donate blood, often or even just once. This helps a lot of hospitalized individuals, not just those with Leukemia or other types of cancer. People undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments are often in need of blood. Recently, Dawn's hospital almost ran out of her blood type and had to ration her transfusions. Donating blood costs you nothing and you usually get a cookie! You can contact the Red Cross or most any local hospital to find out how to donate.
Happy New Year to you all.