It’s true that you never know you got your back until things get real.
After I mentioned both brothers not being matches as my bone marrow donors, several people had reached out to me asking me how they could help as potential donors.
I LOVE YOU GUYS.
Entonces, to help you help me and others in need of bone marrow donors, I’ve compiled some easy-to-understand information here, courtesy of the Hong Kong Bone Marrow Registry 香港骨髓捐贈者資料庫 , BeTheMatch.org (National Marrow Donor Program USA) and Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation (Spain). Please click on those links for locations.
- How to be a donor (Register with your local registry)
- What are they testing for
- What happens if you ARE a match
Now it is stated that ethnicity is a factor when matching so this bit of info is for my non-Malaysian friends: I am of Chinese descent (great-grandparents were immigrants from China).
Nonetheless, for those of you who aren’t likely matches for me and had reached out to me asking how you can help – THIS, please.
You may help by registering as a donor because you may save someone’s life.
This is the registry for Malaysia.
Malaysia Stem Cell Registry (Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan, Jalan Pahang
50588 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur) Tel: 0326162790.
- A blogger posted about her registration experience, driven by the journey her young family faced.
Additionally, you could still donate blood. We need it 🙂
A guide written on Sassy Hong Kong