Kindness Counts: Be the Match!

Happy Friday! For some people, the end of this week is extra exciting, since there is a federal holiday on Monday: Martin Lurther King, Jr. Day.

Most people know that the third Monday of January is reserved as MLK Day, in honor of the man who believed in freedom and justice for all people, but perhaps something you didn’t know is that almost 20 years ago, in 1994, MLK Day was designated a national day of service.

[On a side note – 1994 was almost TWENTY years ago?! Unreal.]

Anyway, hopefully all you lucky guys and gals who have the day off will choose to volunteer your time to contribute to the greater good!

For those of you who will be at work (like me – ugh), there’s still a way you can be a part of the cause: join the Be the Match! bone marrow registry.

I know, I know: bone marrow donation is a big deal. A big, scary deal. Or at least that’s what I always thought before my sister, Kendall, asked me to join the registry a few years ago. I thought there were huge needles and bone-drilling procedures involved – but apparently that is not how things are done anymore. Kendall, an RN at the Cleveland Clinic’s bone marrow ward, explained that the process is actually similar to giving blood, and while there is some prep-work involved on the donor’s end, it’s a [very, very, very, very, very] small sacrifice for a living-saving gift.

So often I hear from my sister how much bone marrow is needed – and that’s just in little Cleveland, Ohio. I can’t imagine how big the need is around the nation. Joining the registry is one of the most selfless – and easy – things you can do.

Can you think of  any greater service to our nation than to volunteer to save someone’s life?

Yes: bone marrow donation IS a big deal. Especially to someone in need of a life-saving transplant.

Take full advantage of MLK Day’s national day of service – join Be the Match! – and challenge someone else to do that same.


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