HOW TO SAVE A LIFE BY MIIIIIXING YOUR BLOOD STEM CELLS’
Listen up, folks, apparently some cancer patients are in dire need of your superpowered blood stem cells to give their immune systems a makeover. A pretty common practice, collecting these cells from your blood or sometimes even from your marrow. You know, the gooey stuff inside your bones?
You could be the marrow-chosen one?
Factors like your blood type, age, ethnicity, weight, fashion sense, zodiac sign, and your opinion about pineapple on pizza all matter in the grand scheme of compatibility.
Family first: The universal rule of thumb
But alas! Some patients can’t find a match in their family. So the quest for the miracle marrow match extends beyond family dinners and awkward holiday gatherings.
Registration: Where practically everyone’s invited
Although most donors are under the age of 60 (sorry Gramps), all it takes is a simple cheek swab DNA test (a.k.a. spit-on-a-stick) to begin the match-making process.
Getting in line is just the first step
You’re up for a bingo-esque draw and you have about a 1 in 40 chance of getting called back for that second date (I mean, additional testing).
A Game of Thrones size cast ends up donating
Think of it as winning the teeming genetic lotterySponsored Product where about 1 in 400 will find themselves as the royal, sought-after donor for a lucky recipient.
Donation: One clinic visit away
Your blood takes a joy ride through a futuristic machine that handpicks stem cells like plucking feathers of a goose. Then voila! Your refreshed and stem-cell-less blood is channeled back into your body.
Marrow donation: A same-day surgery gig
While you snooze under anesthesia, doctors sneak up on your pelvic bone and carefully extract the precious marrow (no worries, you have enough to spare).
Take the plunge! Register and become a life-saver
A relatively insignificant investment of your time could give someone on the other side an entire lifetime to cherish. So let’s change that bio to “life giver” shall we?
Guidance sponsored by the maestros of medicine, those white-coated warriors, the physicians, nurses, and transplant specialists at the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center.
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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE DONATING BLOOD STEM CELLS