Back in 1956, the first successful human BMT was performed between identical twins--a so-called syngeneic transplant. The recipient was suffering from leukemia. E. Donnall Thomas, the American physician who pioneered this procedure would continue to refine it, and in 1969 used BMT to successfully treat a leukemia patient, whose donor was a relative, but not an identical twin. Thomas and surgeon Joseph E. Murray would receive the 1990 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their work on bone marrow transplantation.
Three kinds of BMT are described...
One highly-respected bone marrow registry is Be The Match®, a unit of The National Marrow Donor Program®. Be The Match is the world's largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. It is noted that 70 percent of those individuals in search of a BMT do not have a donor in their own family, and depend on this registry to find themselves a life-saving match.
Joining the registry is easy to do. You simply sign up, and then you'll receive a cheek-swab kit in the mail. The process is painless and free.
Since blood cancer patients are a significant portion of BMT recipients, we should give a plug to Blood Cancer Awareness Month, a promotion organized by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, each September. The campaign is designed to shed light on these diseases and let the public know about all the resources available for blood cancer patients and their families.
Fortunately, the tech industry has gotten behind such worthy causes as Be The Match and Blood Cancer Awareness Month. One example is Shawn Ahdoot of Colocation America, a leading provider of colocation and dedicated servers. As Shawn told me recently:
"With a simple cotton swab, people can painlessly begin the process to help save a life. This cause is my chance to aid a fellow human being, which, despite my fear of needles or even the sight of blood, inspires me to undergo scheduled surgery, in which a team of physicians and nurses will extract part of my bone marrow. I am happy to make this sacrifice, since someone else--through the wonders of modern science--is a genetic match for this donation."
Sometimes, it's easier to save lives than we might think.
Michael D. Shaw
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