Swab a Cheek, Save a Life!

Today was the first day of Bone Marrow Drive hosted by Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization. I have to admit, I wasn’t really sure what the Drive actually entailed until I volunteered today. There were some misconceptions that I had, such as imagining myself with a giant needle in my spine, with a lot of blood pooling around. But it was not at all like that. All the sign-up process required was a simple filling-out the information and cheek-swab to be registered as a donor. Once in the system, I may or may not be matched with someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. Once I am matched with someone, I go to the hospital to donate my bone marrow, but 70% of the actual process does not involve a giant needle on my back. It is done by a blood transfusion method, and I will get to go home on the same day.

I was surprised to find out that only 2% of the U.S is registered as a donor. That is the tiniest of the tiniest portion of Minnesota alone. I did not know a simple cheek swab could save a life, had it not been Bone Marrow Drive.




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