March 14, 2008

From Lynn News:

"The Anthony Nolan Trust will be holding a bone marrow donor recruitment clinic at Sandringham Visitor Centre, on Wednesday, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm."

Other important points mentioned in the article:

"Mr Mason said the myth of large needles being used to extract marrow from the hip bone were unfounded and revealed the procedure is more like a blood transfusion." People tend to worry about needles (I still do, a little, even after the dozens of injections and blood draws I've had in the last four months), so I hope this is of some reassurance to potential donors.

"The main criteria for donors is that they must be aged between 18 and 40, be in good health, weigh more than eight stone (51kg), not be severely overweight and be willing to donate to any patient they ever match." Please bear in mind that age requirements and other conditions vary from country to country. Check with your country's registry for requirements before deciding you aren't qualified.

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