Join The Registry

 

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To give hope to Owen and others like him, please register to be a bone marrow donor.

US residents can join the registry here:

Be The Match

and here:

Delete Blood Cancer
For Non-US residents, join your national registry (and the international registry) here:

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Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide

 

 

12 thoughts on “Join The Registry

  1. Nicole James-Pieters

    Hi Kathleen

    My prayers are with you and your family. I am already a registered donor but I will pass this website on to family, friends, and colleagues.

    Nicole JP

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  2. Howard Dunne

    I saw the article about Owen and I wanted to see if I could possiby be a match.
    I have a A+ blood type, with CMV- qualification. I give blood on a regular basis. (But I am 64 years old.)

    Is there any way I can be tested to possibly help Owen? I am in excellent physical shape according to my doctor who I see regularly. Please do not let my age keep me from helping those who need help.

    Thank you.

    Howard Dunne

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    1. Rachel Post author

      Hi Howard,
      Rachel here (site amin). I wanted to let you know I did pass your contact info along to Kathleen and Tim, but was not sure you wanted it publicly posted so I removed it from your comment. Thank you sincerely for your offer to help and concern.

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    2. Rachel Post author

      Hey Howard
      Thank you so much for reaching out to us with your offers to help Owen!
      Unfortunately, both Deletebloodcancer and bethematch have age restrictions to sign up, and I believe your age would disqualify you from being a potential donor (you can find out more as to why this is at bethematch.org)

      Right now good thoughts and prayers are all we can ask from you. Please continue to donate blood to the blood bank as often as you normally do. Thus far, Owen has been kept alive primarily through the generosity of strangers who have donated blood for public use. If we can ask people to do the same for others, it is our way of paying it forward.
      Also, please spread the word on Owen, Aplastic Anemia, and the importance of the bone marrow registry. The more people that hear about his disease, the more awareness is spread. Every single name added to the registry is one more ray of hope for Owen, and many other families out there going through similar situations, to find a match.

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us! We wish you and your loved ones all the best!

      Sincerely

      Tim and Kathleen Hogan

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    1. Rachel Post author

      Hi Erica, Joining the national marrow donor program (the registry) is the only way to find out if you are a match to Owen. The procedure to join is a simple cheek swab with a long Q-tip, that is then sent to a lab to have your HLA markers identified. Then your sample is recorded onto the registry in hopes that your type matches Owen, or someone like him in desperate need of a life saving transplant. Owen’s doctors check the registry daily for a match to save his life. It is obviously a very personal decision to join, but one that we hope you will make!

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  3. Tammy

    I’m a registered donor with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Are the registries connected, or do you need to sign up separately?

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    1. Rachel Post author

      They are all part of the National Marrow Donor Program. Thank you for asking, thank you so much for being a registered donor Tammy!

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  4. Thomas

    Got your story from the Chive, my test kit is on the way. I know the odds that any random person like me are low, but any chance is better than none and thats good enough reason for me. Hope one of us can be that winning lottery number. Stay strong, Chive on.

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