Event: Bone marrow pledging
Date: Aiming 25th Oct (Sat)
Time: Late morning/early afternoon
Here's a little more information for those who are lazy to read through the whole website..I copied and paste directly from the website
Every year thousands of children & adults with fatal bone marrow diseases, like Leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood related disorders reach a stage when their only hope of survival is a blood stem cell transplant from a donor who shares the same Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtissue typeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Although family members, mainly siblings may offer the best match, unfortunately most patients do not have a suitable sibling match and are reliant on an unrelated donor to offer them the chance of life.
Any individual between the ages of 17-50 who meets the donation health guidelines can join the BMDP register. All we need is a small sample (via finger prick) to test and establish your tissue type. Your test results will then go on to the BMDP Register where your tissue types can be compared with those patients in need of transplants. If you are found to be a match for a patient, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be asked to donate your bone marrow.
Generally, if you are healthy, you should be able to join with ease. However, refer to this
for more information on health issues which may prevent you from pledging.
All medical expenses relating to the bone marrow donation will be borne by the patient. You, as the donor, will be given medical leave for adequate rest following the donation. Throughout the whole process, you will be assigned a BMDP staff or volunteer who will be there on hand to render any assistance required.
A volunteer donor who is successfully matched with a transplant patient may decide not to go ahead with the process. There are legitimate reasons for saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“noÃ¢â‚¬Â