Donating Bone Marrow with Be The Match

Donating Bone Marrow with Be The Match

Back in January I had the honor of donating my bone marrow. I signed up to be a donor in college. Almost a decade later this past June, I got the call informing me that I was a match. Fast forward to this January, in the midst of Lunar New Year craziness, Jeffrey and I flew to San Antonio where I was able to be part of this amazing process to help heal someone.

The Process

The six months after I got the call that I was a match, I went in a handful of times for blood draws to make sure I was the best match for the patient and to check that I was healthy enough for the donation and for the patient. All the travel to and from clinics was quick and Be The Match covered all costs.

Then, after month of waiting, I got the call in December that the donation would take place in San Antonio in mid-January. And so we were off! 

Sign Up to Save a Life

For the month of March, I’ll be partnering with Be the Match to sign up bone marrow donors. 10% of this month’s profits will also go to Be the Match to support their critical work. I’ll also be sharing more of my own experience as a donor and facts around donation.

𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: People of color are significantly less likely to find a bone marrow donor match? That’s because the markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others. So a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫:

  1. Visit Annie’s T Cakes stand at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in the month of March to sign up in person.

  2. Text AnniesTCakes to 61474.

  3. Visit this link to sign up!