bone marrow registry
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How can we build on such efforts? We might start by educating African-American physicians, who tend to have an easier time overcoming the distrust of patients of color and can pass on good information.
The fact is, most people know very little about the bone marrow donation process, and quite often, have outdated or inaccurate ideas about how it works.
As a 20-year-old center on the College of Charleston women's basketball team, I -- like most young adults my age -- thought cancer was something that only affects other people. Not me, not my loved ones. But when a close friend was stricken with leukemia, all of that changed.
The white pencil should be more than another advertising award; it should be a celebration of the world changing for the better, whether or not it was an agency who did the work.
As they waltzed around, locked in an embrace, looking at each other lovingly, they seemed to be sharing a bond that few of the rest of us could ever know or understand. Related by shared bone marrow and white blood cells, they danced the wedding's first special dance together.
What would you do if your child was sick and doctors told you his or her only chance of survival was finding a perfect bone marrow match?
Due to the lack of minority donors within the bone marrow registry, the process becomes much more complicated for ethnic minority patients. Unfortunately, less than 27 percent of the entire bone marrow registry is non-Caucasian.