Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Racing to Save Lives

I can say with a high degree of certainty that either you have donated blood or you know others who have.

But that is not the case for bone marrow donation.

True, not nearly as many bone marrow transfusions occur as blood transfusions. But the sad thing of the disparity is that only a handful, relatively speaking, of people have even stepped up to have the most basic "typing" done for potential donation.

The first step to finding out if you might be able to save a person's life by donating bone marrow is painless and can be done from the comfort of you living room lazyboy.

Please go to the National Marrow Donor Program for your free mouth swab kit. Go soon because from now until September 22nd NASCAR is helping to cover the costs of this program.

70% of the people in need of a marrow transplant must rely on non-related donors. Because there are so few people in the registry, many of these people die.

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