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The Bucket List guy has a favour to ask.

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92 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago in the U.S.

I did this a few years ago, and it's super easy. You wipe some swabs around inside your mouth and drop it in the mailbox. Most people will never be contacted to donate, but simply being in the registry helps increase the odds that any one person can find a match.

Pretty interesting video this go around for me. I worked on Stanford’s Compromised Host Unit, which is their transplant unit, for 3 months as a travel nurse. Great hospital and great staff. I currently work as a Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator and being a donor is a pretty simple process since most centers are going with peripheral blood stem cell collections. The process is nothing that anyone should be nervous about, and doesn’t require any surgical procedures. If you’re not on the registry, please join.

Original Poster52 points · 6 months ago

But but then the evil gubberment have your DNA /s

guys, OP is trying to make a joke. chill

Comment deleted6 months ago(4 children)

Funny is subjective. I didn't find it funny, but he did. Someone else might have. Beauty(or in this case, comedy) is in the eye of the beholder.

You could just say comedy

you're missing the point

-8 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

It's actually not unreasonable to consider that. The government can subpoena dna samples from websites like why not this database

2 points · 6 months ago

Living in fear is not living.

Living is living. Some don't even have that.

Russian roulette time!!!

-7 points · 6 months ago(4 children)
Original Poster12 points · 6 months ago

Jesus christ, does nobody know what the /s means anymore?

-17 points · 6 months ago(0 children)
-14 points · 6 months ago(0 children)
-2 points · 6 months ago

I do and I know how he meant it. I don't think it was an appropriate comment on this topic.

-1 points · 6 months ago · edited 4 months ago

deleted 0.1047 What is ^^^this?

In Canada go to to sign up. Also please sign your donor cards and talk to your family about being an organ donor

I just signed up! 😊 after being scared to for a while lol

Thank you so much!

Aww I'm to fat :'(

For anyone interested in Sweden. Everyone able should sign up it's really simple.

Signed up and shared amongst friends. I didnt know about this and Im sure theres plenty of others who doesnt and would like to help.

Thank you for sharing!

2 points · 6 months ago

Tack för att du har anmält dig till Tobiasregistret! Din hälsodeklaration är nu godkänd och inom kort kommer du att få ett topsnings-kit skickat till dig.

Let's do this!

I actually signed up over the holidays, partially motivated from seeing these videos. My kit just came in the other day.

Initially I was hesitant, thinking that the transplant would be painful. Upon doing research I found that the transplant isn't painful, though you may be left with a mild hip pain for 1-3 days afterwards.

It's really easy to sign up and I encourage everyone to do it. You might not match with anyone ever but if you do you get to save a life.

I know someone who was a match and donated. He was playing volleyball just a few days later.

Original Poster6 points · 6 months ago

Good on you!

Really? I’d always been afraid it was much worse. Hell, with two poorly done hip surgeries I have more than mild hip pain every day. Might as well be for something worth a damn.

What is the process? Do they put you under and basically complete a surgery?

Pretty much. General anesthesia and the extract some marrow from your pelvic bone. Donors don't have to pay for any of the treatment and it can be done at your local hospital, so you don't need to travel to the recipient's location.

They have a new technique I heard about on NPR, they inject you with a chemical that spikes your white blood cell count and put a needle in each arm and extract it out in the span of about 6 hours.

Hey there! You can learn all about the donation process here: Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Any direction for the Canadians who want to donate?

So if you are over 35 you can't sign up?

I'm not sure the exact reasoning, but the U.S. registry says doctors usually want donors 18-44. It costs about $100 to add a new person to the registry (shipping costs, testing the samples, data entry, etc.), so I guess they want people with at least a decade in the system before they age out.

Thank you

11 points · 6 months ago

I have donated peripheral stem cells (the most common type of donation) and it is a VERY simple procedure that did not impact me other than a few hours of my time for a few appointments. Being able to help someone survive by donating a few hours of my time and dealing with a few injections and having two IVs put in is a no-brainer. I strongly encourage anyone to sign up as a donor, chances are you won't ever match but if you do it's almost always a very simple procedure.

If anyone has a question about the procedure please let me know, I'm both a past donor and a physician so can give a decent perspective.

7 points · 6 months ago

I did the PBSC donation this year as well, and agree that it was painless. The actual donation is just like donating blood only longer. The staff at the cancer hospital I donated at were awesome. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Thank you for being a donor!

Me too! It was so easy that I actually did an AMA during the procedure which folks can read here. An amazing experience.

So cool! Thank you for being a donor!

11 points · 6 months ago

completed six months of chemo back in July. Thankfully i have awesome insurance and they covered everything.

I can't help but think, how the hell is his family going to afford all this?


On the registry 6 years and counting. Hope I get the call one day.

Thank you!

I was chosen off of the registry and donated four years ago. If you have questions about it I'd be happy to answer, and I actually did an AMA during the procedure which you can read here. It remains one of the best experiences I've ever had. Please join the registry.

I taught a teenage student recently who got a transplant from someone in Germany, saved her life from a type of leukemia.

Just registered so my swab kit should be coming in the mail shortly. Fingers crossed.

Thank you!

Just signed up to join the registry.

Thank you so much!

Here's a video of the donation process . I don't believe they do the stabbing your pelvic thing anymore. So, it's not that bad. Maybe someone who's done it recently or a doctor or nurse can chime in.

They still do the pelvic draw. It just depends on what they're trying to treat.

Seriously y'all. Please do this! I did, it's free and easy. Takes about a month tops and all you have to do is swab your cheek four times and then you're in their database for 40+ years depending on your age. Wholeheartedly recommend this! Even if you never get called to action at least you're an option

Registered a few years ago here in Britain. Always feel helpless when I see videos like this as I really want to help but never get that call.

easy peasy, simple swabs test now...

Just sent mine in recently. Hope i can help someone one day.

Good on you, Reddit. I didn’t know this existed, and now I just registered.

Signed up a few weeks or so ago and got my kit about a week ago. I was sick with the flu, so I figured it would be best to wait a week maybe. I'll be mailing mine out later this week.

Thank you for joining!

3 points · 6 months ago

Is it still possible to say no if one gets a call that someone was found?

Yes, it's absolutely still your choice if you get asked to donate. Joining the registry is only the first step and not a contract.

pray for you and yours

Did you paint your portraits? We are starting to paint ours in class this week. We finished painting all the same portrait of the prime minister and they all turned out pretty good. My class is 6th grade and they did a great job, i know you can do it!

Have donated bone marrow before. They took it from my sternum. It's worth doing it. You never know when you are the person who needs bone marrow or blood.

Good luck

All i can say fuuuck this. This guy would have never made, never been apart off this sort of thing if he didn't need it. There are already too many of us, leave it alone


don't forget that his best bud dropped school to help him with this list : ^ ) and don't forget to donate some marrow so that he'll get it faster! this is just e-begging at this point but he should at least just say it out loud instead of pretending he cares about the greater good or any actual causes

-24 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

If you think you can eat your way out of a cancer diagnosis you're gonna have a bad time.

Steve Jobs did it.

No one is saying to stop regular treatment, he should couple his treatment with exercise and healthy proven cancer fighting foods.

Can we meet? I would love to meet you.

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