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Celebrating National Marrow Awareness Month (Part 3 of 3)

National Marrow Awareness Month

Part 3 – Marrow Drives

(please click the links to read part 1, or part 2 of this 3 part series)

November’s Marrow Awareness Campaign encourages participants to spread both information and motivation wherever possible; and through whatever platforms become available.  Social media, fundraisers, community outreach and bone marrow drives are fantastic ways to stay involved in the details. Invite your friends to learn more and join the registry.  All channels raising awareness about the donation of bone marrow, blood stem cells and cord blood are valuable and encouraged.  It is all in the hope of saving many more lives around the world.

The opportunity to become a committed bone marrow donor has changed lives around the world.  It is not only the patient themselves who benefit, but also the donor as the realization hits about what is truly important in life.  One of bone marrow donation’s greatest proponents is a past donor whose entire perspective changed through the process of marrow donation.  Read about how Kala’s marrow donation brought her to where she is today.

Planning a bone marrow drive is not as complicated as it seems.  We are here to assist volunteers with a plan for successful drives in their communities.  All it takes is a bit of energy and heart.

Dare to Be Aware

Feeling inspired yet?  Why not try the following ideas and jump head long into National Marrow Awareness Month?

Register.

Find out more about becoming a registered bone marrow donor here.  It’s easy, painless and full of life-changing potential for you and your perfect match.

Host.

Be a mover and shaker in your local community.  Organize some fun and educational activities to build greater awareness around bone marrow donation and the donor registration process. Ask the Icla da Silva foundation how to set up a bone marrow drive in your community, workplace or school and go for it! Learn more here.

Share.

Tweet, post, blog, tag, hashtag, buzz and Instagram it!  The more you share on social media and other platforms, the more the public will hear about bone marrow donation.

Educate.

Word of mouth has always been one of the most effective ways to spread the news.  So chat to family, friends and the guy on the subway platform about it.

Give.

Babies are a wonderful gift to the world; and they can give a gift back to the world themselves through umbilical cord blood donation.  Tell every expectant mother and father you know about the opportunity they have to save a life this way.

Volunteer.

Give time and talent to bone marrow  organizations, registries, marrow drives and community education. Small acts of kindness and dedication are the building blocks for unshakable greatness. Learn more here.

Gift.

Financial donations are highly appreciated. Generosity really can change the world. Make a donation here.

Dive into the festive spirit with us this November as we celebrate National Marrow Awareness Month.

 

 

 

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