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I've been a registered donor for about 5 years and haven't been called to donate yet. For those who have heard horror stories about pain and drilling into hip bones, etc, please be aware that new technology has made the process much less painful. Some marrow types can be extracted by a simple blood draw from the arm. Regardless, saving someone's life is priceless. Kudos to AmEx for fronting the cost of a very expensive registration process.

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I'm the biggest crank and a-hole going, but really- who down-voted this? I'm going to see if I meet the criteria.

EDIT: Bummer! Once again, my kidneys keep me from doing something! Curses! Seriously, though, give it some thought. It's an easy way to help someone in need. Maybe someday someone you love will need help!

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@tcayer: Obviously not the biggest, LOL. In fact, if you keep talking like that, you might loose the title altogether. Seriously, thanks for doing it, and thanks to the OP for posting.

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Just joined up. How did I not know this was a thing? Shared with friends. You should too.

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As someone who has received a bone marrow transplant, thanks for posting this!

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Is anyone else getting a $52 fee? Is there a promo code or something?

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@porkchop42: The promo code is apparently PIF070109 - note: I didn't have to put it in, it was already there for me.

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@rubberduckythug: Thanks so much! It took off the $100 initially, but left me with $52. The code worked for me.

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I got on the list back in the '80s while giving blood. Twenty-five years later, I got the call, asking if I would keep my promise. On April 11, 2007 I made a marrow donation that saved the life of a 9-year-old boy who lived in Italy. I will never know his identity, but who cares. As far as I know he is a healthy teenager driving his poor parents nuts. The national marrow donor people make real sure potential donors are aware of tbe possible risks. I suffered NO pain, and no real discomfort except for when the bandages came off. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I've been out of work for almost two years now, and there are times I think I'm "less' than someone who has a job. Then I think about that kid knocking holes in the knees of his jeans on some playground in Italy, and suddenly everything is just fine again.

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My Donor was a German woman, I was Diagnosed at age 7 ,at the time of transplant I was 16, 4 years ago

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Registered. Hopefully I can help someone out, thanks for the great deal.

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they won't take me cuz i'm fat.( 5'9", 300lbs)
I'm in Generally good health, no problems other than allergies, but b/c my BMI is over 40, i can't donate.

weight discrimination!

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Sleep apnea keeps you from donating? Why?!?!

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I worked for American Express for almost five years. This is just another example of what a great company AMEX is and why they are so well respected world wide.

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I donated marrow 5 years ago to an unrelated recipient. He is a kid in his mid 20's. His mother cared for him through years of leukemia. I got to meet both of them after 1 year. You've never seen a more grateful mother in your life. People have a misconception about the pain donating. They draw the marrow from your hip bones in the back (different for stem cell donating). It bruises and feels like you've slipped on the ice and fallen down on your tailbone. When a coworker asked "how much does it hurt", I said "Not too badly. Certainly not as badly as leukemia". Please get on the registry if you can.

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I've been on the list for over fifteen years and have not been called yet. Be sure to let them know if you move.

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Thank you so much for posting this. Just finished registering.

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I so wish I could donate...(yes I checked) but some serious health issues prevent me from being a donor. I just want to know how you can share this page on facebook! I want to get some friends to do this!

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Thanks for posting this, I'm glad I could do my part.

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I am ineligible as well, but wanted to thank those of you who are registered. What a wonderous gift to give, and what a difference it could make. Who wouldn't save a child if they could, or anyone for that matter?
God Bless you.

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After being registered for years, I too am no longer eligible. I am now past the (60 years old) age limit. It is time for me and the other ineligible folk to recruit those who are eligible to get registered.

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@mcbrock: worries about anesthesia, recovery & your (possibly) compromised SpO2 I imagine. I doubt your risk is all that much higher if your apnea's being managed, but they don't want to put a donor at any higher risk than necessary. For every donor that something goes wrong with and dies, they probably lose thousands of potential donors from bad press.
I understand your frustration. I have low nocturnal O2 stats, and have supplemental O2 at night. I'd gladly take the risk, but I have a feeling when I call on Monday to check my eligibility, I'm gonna fall into the "apnea" category and be a reject. :(

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THREE downvotes now!
Why? I don't understand.
Please explain? Much appreciated.

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Signed up! Thanks for the heads up; I've been wanting to do this for some time!

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Why the hell not. Its for a good cause right? Especially for a kid, they still have a lot of life to explore and interact with.

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@dcpotts: that is odd , especially since , as someone stated before, some types of marrow can be donated w/a simple IV draw, like giving blood, i know my donor gave the traditional way the first time, but i had trouble engrafting and received 2 more donations from her, both of which were harvested by giving her a drug that made her produce more cells, then drawing whole blood and separating it

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Shucks, I am too old. 64 is not old! Would love to do it!

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I joined decades ago. Never called. Now I am way past the age limit. If you are eligible, please join. And, while you are at it, give blood!

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For you who cannot register: I just mailed the url to all my nephews and nieces and asked them to consider it. (No immediate descendents to ask.)

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Well, darn. I joined up back in the early 80's and have never been called, and now it turns out I'm too old? I has a sad.

I'm sending the info to everyone one I know, along with a request that they sign up.

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Well, darn. I joined up back in the early 80's and have never been called, and now it turns out I'm too old? I has a sad.

I'm sending the info to everyone one I know, along with a request that they sign up.

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@earlyre
Sign up now, get on the treadmill and lose the 30 pounds. You can do it, and it's worth it. Don't let this be an excuse.

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I don't understand the cost associated with this. If you have donated blood or platelets you can sign up to be a donor at that time. I've been on the list for over 15 years now, I've been ready but never gotten the call. Now I am too old.

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@k8y: well, when you receive a unit of donated blood, the hospital will charge you or your insurance several hundred dollars for the blood, regardless of whether the blood was volunteered or sold. but through this kit, they receive no product to sell, therefore have no money to do the testing.

edit : not 100% sure this is why but i know, having had around 500 blood/platelet transfusions in my lifetime that blood costs money.

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I joined the registry a few years ago when there was a similar "sign-up for free" offer. I haven't been called on to donate, but I gladly will if I ever am. It may be painful and, yes, there are risks. But there are risks to leaving your home every day...or even staying in your home. Life is a fatal condition. If I have the opportunity to save a life, I can think of no good reason not to.

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@mcbrock: I was wondering why on the sleep apnea too. I have a mild form, don't need the CPAP or any equipment. Maybe it has to do with any potential anesthesia they give you.

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I'm heartened to see all the people who jumped on this! Wooters are the best people on teh internets! And special kudos to those of you who've already donated! I lost a good friend to leukemia many years ago at 17. You can all feel better about yourselves today! (Except the 3 people who down-voted this!)

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A bit of time to save a life. What is better than that. A registered donor for 30 years. No match for marrow, but matched for speialized donation for other blood disorders.

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I just signed up! Yay!

I don't know if I'll ever be asked to donate, but I'm glad to be on the list.

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Registered with kit coming. Thanks for this post an AMEX for funding it. The $52 can be an hurdle to people.

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@dcpotts: Why do they downvote this and other good things?

Alfred Pennyworth: With respect, sir, perhaps this is a man that you don't fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in three months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.
Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?
Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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This needs to go viral. Email your friends.

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I have been on the marrow registry for over 10 years now; once I was contacted and asked to stand by for a possible donation, but they must have found a better match. I do give blood and platelets regularly, though. Today's appointment at the blood center was supposed to be my ten gallon donation mark, but my Christmas vacation in the Caribbean (Roatan Island) has deferred me for a year. :-( Some brave souls, get in the marrow registry and also try donating platelets; single-source platelets are crucial for people being treated for cancer.

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In for one. You don't even have to input your CC info, and what's a better deal than saving a life for free?

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I just finished signing up. I have meant to do so for some time. Thanks, for this post.

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I'm 28 and in great health, how could I not join in good conscience?

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Just finished swabbing my cheeks a couple of hours ago, just gotta put it in the mailbox and wait till I get the card. :P