IAMA registered bone marrow donor because of a Reddit post. I just got notified of a match.
So earlier this year I saw a post about bone marrow donation on Reddit and sent off for a donation kit. I had to swab my cheek with a Q-Tip and send it in. I just received notification that I am a match. I called the Bone Marrow Donor Center and found out that the patient is a baby (all they could tell me is that they are under a year old) with leukemia. I go for a blood test next week to confirm the match.
The earliest I can donate is February, but could be several months after that as well. I won't have any expenses for the donation. All the travel, meals, and lodging is covered and if there are any complications (very rare) then I will fall under the patient's insurance for coverage.
If you aren't registered then please visit the link and send for a kit.
Pic for the skeptics and yes I am the one guy left that still uses Hotmail.
Edit1: Removed email address from pic.
Edit2: Something something Frontpage.
Edit3: There are two kinds of donation processes. One is surgical where they would put me under general anesthesia, make up to four small incisions above my hips, insert a hollow needle into my pelvis, and draw out up to a quart of bone marrow. The second option is similar to dialysis. You are hooked up to a machine for 3-6 hours, an IV line takes blood out of one arm, passes it through a machine that withdraws the blood stem cells, and returns the rest to your other arm.
I was told that since my patient is so young the doctor will probably request the surgery. Something about the stem cells being withdrawn from the pelvis is better for infants. Don't know, not a doctor.
The recovery time for the surgery is 2 days out of work and then take it easy for 2 weeks. The surgery should be an out patient procedure, possibly an overnight hospital stay.
Travel and expenses is covered for me and a companion to Georgetown University Hospital. The patient's insurance will cover the cost of the procedure and if I have any complications I will also fall under the patient's insurance.
Edit 4: While it is great that so many people are registering please only register if you are willing to donate. There are tons of stories of donors backing out at the last minute. If you don't know what that entails, they bombard the recipient with chemo for up to a week prior to the transplant to kill their bone marrow in anticipation of the donation. If the donor backs out at the last moment then the patient is left without an immune system and there chances of surviving are almost zero.
Edit 5: Made a new post, see Here