As fate would have it…..
A few weeks ago I was at a local “Business Expo”. The type of event where all sorts of companies fill a convention center with booths about their product or services. Not really my cup of tea, but it was free, I had time to kill between work/other life stuff and they had free food cooked up by local restaurants at the “Business After Hours”, so I stopped by to check it out.
Needless to say it was an experience of a lifetime because I walked out of the place having registered with the Caitlin Raymond International Registry through U-Mass Memorial Medical Center. (And as a reward I got a nice sweatshirt for the gesture, but really folks that was not my intention)
A few cotton swabs to the inside of my cheeks, I am now in the international registry for bone marrow and stem cell donation to help treat life threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma among others.
During the process I talking with the young man who worked/volunteered for the center (who happened to grow up not to far from where I now live) and asked him “What are the chances that I will be someone’s match?”
As a caucasian, about 1:10,000
Now those are slim odds that I will actually end up saving someone’s life, but you never know, it’s a small world.
For more information about how you can register to be a donor check out their website:
|Caitlin Raymond International Registry|