Goodness gracious, I haven't done anything new in several days. I'm totally slacking on My Year of New Things. At this rate, by the time December rolls around, I'm still gonna have hundreds of New Things to do.
Pick up the slack, Erik--pick up the slack.
Well, there's a New Thing that I haven't done yet, but which I'm planning on doing this week--and I urge you to do it as well.
I'm registering my bone marrow with the National Marrow Donor Program.
Last week, my friend Erica was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). She is currently undergoing aggressive treatments (chemotherapy, etc.) at an excellent hospital. Erica is a fucking awesome person. She's a fighter and she's brave and I believe she's going to get through this, but it's gonna be a long ordeal, and she's gonna need some help.
Her doctors have asked for friends and family to go to their local hospital or Red Cross to see if they might be a match for bone marrow donations. Now, when I heard this, my first thought was that I wanted to do whatever I could to help Erica, and then my second thought was that donating bone marrow sounds kinda scary. I mean, we all know I'm a wussy when it comes to medical things.
But the thing is, after doing some googling (how much do I love google?) I've discovered that becoming a donor isn't very scary at all--actually, it's really simple and painless and easy (and if you don't believe me, well, I've already done your googling for you--just clink on these links)--and there are lots of people in need of your healthy bone marrow (which, after you've donated, replenishes itself in your healthy body fairly quickly). The problem is, even though there are lots of people who need bone marrow, there aren't nearly enough people donating bone marrow.
Let's work on that. For Erica, and for the many many others who need your donations so badly.
Here's how you can become a bone marrow donor:
1. Contact your local National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) here.
2. Join the registry, which is as easy as filling out some paperwork and providing a small blood sample so that they can determine your tissue type.
3. After you've joined the registry, they will contact you when and if there is a match for your particular "type" and that's when you go in and donate.
You can read all about the donating process here--it really ain't bad at all.
Rock out with your cock out and become a donor.
You could save lives.
(P.S. I just noticed that I wrote "clink on these links" instead of "click on these links." How stupid am I? Anyway, since the new me is all about embracing typos rather than editing them, I think that, from now on, instead of saying things like "click on this link" or "click on these links," we should just abbreviate those phrases and say "clink." Which, from now on, will be recognized, on My Year Of New Things, at least, as a directive to check out a hyperlink. Got it? Cool.)