One way to help a large number of people with cancer is to have a bone marrow drive. A drive educates people on what it actually means to become a volunteer donor, what is involved from the minute you decide that you want to be someone’s real live HERO, and the process of how you would donate if you were chosen. Andrew’s Helpful Hands has proudly held over 100 drives and has placed over 30,000 volunteer donors on the bone marrow registry.
Andrew was very unique in more ways than one. Unlike many people, he only had one donor that was a match to try to extend his life. The best way to ensure that other people with cancer have a better chance at finding matching donors is to increase the number of people on the bone marrow registry overall.
Did you know that it is only cotton (buccal) swabs to the inside of your cheeks and that it only takes approximately 5 minutes to get on the bone marrow registry? Five minutes to potentially be someone’s lifetime HERO!
We are forever grateful to Andrew’s donor, Tracy Morrow, from North Carolina. He is our extended southern family member now who took 5 minutes to try to save a local race car driver but gave us hope instead.
This man from Andrew’s home town of Hudson, MA joined the bone marrow registry to try and help Andrew, but ended up being a Hero to a woman in Indiana instead.
If you would like more information on setting up a bone marrow drive, please contact us.