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[–]Giraffe_Racer 88 points89 points  (24 children)

https://bethematch.org/ 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.

[–]gooch3803 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]Stegasaurus_Wrecks[S] 56 points57 points  (17 children)

But but then the evil gubberment have your DNA /s

[–]Meih_Notyou 18 points19 points  (5 children)

guys, OP is trying to make a joke. chill

[–]aeppacher 1 point2 points  (3 children)

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

[–]Austiz 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Living in fear is not living.

[–]bigeballs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]aeppacher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Russian roulette time!!!

[–]tooth10 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In Canada go to [blood.ca](www.blood.ca) to sign up. Also please sign your donor cards and talk to your family about being an organ donor

[–]TheRedFlash_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much!

[–]breadleyloafsyou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww I'm to fat :'(

[–]Cameronaut 14 points15 points  (3 children)


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

[–]4lphawaves 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for sharing!

[–]bleunt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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!

[–]thatmetalguy90 37 points38 points  (8 children)

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.

[–]BurtaciousD 7 points8 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Stegasaurus_Wrecks[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Good on you!

[–]-PM-me_Your-Tits_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]Beverlydriveghosts 0 points1 point  (4 children)

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

[–]thatmetalguy90 2 points3 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]Forgeturusername 1 point2 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey there! You can learn all about the donation process here: https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/donation-faqs/. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

[–]kamoke2 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Any direction for the Canadians who want to donate?

[–]Giraffe_Racer 5 points6 points  (4 children)

[–]Skootenbeeten 1 point2 points  (2 children)

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

[–]Giraffe_Racer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]kamoke2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]ccfccc 13 points14 points  (4 children)


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.

[–]f11 6 points7 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for being a donor!

[–]rhcpds7 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So cool! Thank you for being a donor!

[–]Wonnk13 12 points13 points  (1 child)

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?

[–]CelticinSeattle 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]ElectricPresident 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

[–]rhcpds7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]kaisuteq 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

[–]SteveOval 3 points4 points  (1 child)

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

[–]jdmiller82 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just signed up to join the registry.

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much!

[–]DaggerMoth 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Here's a video of the donation process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of_zdRz5TXg . 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.

[–]Binsky89 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]_Heineken_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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. https://bethematch.org/ Wholeheartedly recommend this! Even if you never get called to action at least you're an option

[–]Bosticles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This Christmas I signed up while drunk as shit so, for the record, it's super fucking easy

[–]terrynutkinsfinger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]_BulletSpongeBob_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

easy peasy, simple swabs test now...

[–]GunnieGraves 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]BridgetBardont 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]somedude456 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]BeTheMatchOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for joining!

[–]homboo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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

[–]Giraffe_Racer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]SandraDTv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

pray for you and yours

[–]Zachmorris4187 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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!

[–]fedupofbrick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]GteatClips 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good luck

[–]blackchairtable -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

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

[–]ggrr644rjoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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