“Jenna, we got the final results back of donor #1’s blood work and it’s a perfect match. Ten out of ten!” On the backroads on my way home when nurse practitioner Julia called, I swerved into the nearest driveway to soak up the news.
“This is really good news,” she continued, as if she had to tell me. I knew I was a compatible girl, but obviously I’m not playing hard to get.
“Blood work results for donor #2 are pending and the other two donors are getting blood work early next week. I think you’re going to have more than one perfect match (knock on wood) and we’ll be able to be selective of who’s the healthiest.” I just sat in that driveway for a while, thankful for how quickly this is moving and for how lucky I’ve been in finding a genetic suitor.
But this isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for people like me. According to Be The Match, 93 percent of white patients find a match. But things aren’t so easy for people with diverse backgrounds. Hispanic patients have a 72 percent chance of finding a match while Asians find a donor 73 percent of the time. For African Americans, that number drops to only 66 percent. Can you imagine that waiting game? So, if you’re of a diverse background, please especially consider joining the Be The Match Registry. Or, consider donating to Be The Match so they can do even more to recruit people of diverse backgrounds to the Registry.
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