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Personal Experiences

Share personal experiences around physical donation, such as blood drives or bone marrow. Tell your story! Interview a friend!

Share personal experiences around physical donation, such as blood drives or bone marrow. If you’ve never registered or donated, ask a friend about their experience(s). Or tell us why you haven’t joined a registry yet.

Tell us about a time you donated, or interview a friend. Here are a few questions you could ask:
+ What or who motivated you to donate?

+ How did you feel going through the donation process?

+ What were some obstacles you found? Think about emotional, logistical, financial, or cultural hurdles.

+ What are some of the myths or taboos around donation? How did these deter you or people you know from donating?

If you’ve received a donation and would like to share your experience, we’d love to hear from you, too.

If you’d like to explore the bone marrow donation process further, we encourage you to check out your country’s bone marrow registry organization and consider ordering a kit to swab your cheek.

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Most people think bone marrow donations are high risk and low reward (i.e. the process is painful and invasive and the chance of being a match is slim). Overcoming this perception, dispelling myths, and making it personal can help increase donors

Most people think bone marrow donations are high risk and low reward (i.e. the process is painful and invasive and the chance of being a match is slim). Overcoming this perception, dispelling myths, and making it personal can help increase donors

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A friend gave an emotional speech about her father's death for our public speaking class. Prior to her speech I was terrified at the idea of being a donor. Broadcasting testimonials is the best way to engage a broader audience into becoming a donor.

A friend gave an emotional speech about her father's death for our public speaking class. Prior to her speech I was terrified at the idea of being a donor. Broadcasting testimonials is the best way to engage a broader audience into becoming a donor.

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Any campaign that’s going to encourage people to act and sign up to donate bone marrow needs to connect with the audience on a personal level. For me, cancer became very real when my good friend passed away at 21 after battling Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Any campaign that’s going to encourage people to act and sign up to donate bone marrow needs to connect with the audience on a personal level. For me, cancer became very real when my good friend passed away at 21 after battling Ewing’s Sarcoma.

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This isn't my own personal experience.  This is a short story I recently read and  found particular inspiring and poetically relevant to bone marrow and organ donation.

This isn't my own personal experience. This is a short story I recently read and found particular inspiring and poetically relevant to bone marrow and organ donation.

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Still in high school some kid from my school was diagnosed with leukemia and happened to be a class mate's brother. It made the case very personal. Friends and fellow students arranged donating together, motivating and comforting each other to do so.

Still in high school some kid from my school was diagnosed with leukemia and happened to be a class mate's brother. It made the case very personal. Friends and fellow students arranged donating together, motivating and comforting each other to do so.

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Yesterday, I visited the Stanford Cancer Center and discovered for myself how an actual donation process actually works. It was an absolutely great experience. Diane Hill from NMDP took me through the entire process.

Yesterday, I visited the Stanford Cancer Center and discovered for myself how an actual donation process actually works. It was an absolutely great experience. Diane Hill from NMDP took me through the entire process.

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I never 'intended' to donate my blood but the blood donation bus always seems to park in the right place. No matter in the university or around the shopping area, it's more like ' why not?' instead of a planned action

I never 'intended' to donate my blood but the blood donation bus always seems to park in the right place. No matter in the university or around the shopping area, it's more like ' why not?' instead of a planned action

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Make the registry process easy, fast and accessible in everyday life, rather than having to go to www.marrow.org or a donation camp.

Make the registry process easy, fast and accessible in everyday life, rather than having to go to www.marrow.org or a donation camp.

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A few years back, I used to be a blood donor. It was relatively easy to do, plus I got a light health check regularly for free. But then I moved, and things got complicated. To the point that I'm not a blood donor anymore.

A few years back, I used to be a blood donor. It was relatively easy to do, plus I got a light health check regularly for free. But then I moved, and things got complicated. To the point that I'm not a blood donor anymore.

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Many people are not sure what is expected of them at these drives. The word donation resonates with needles and blood, and many people squirm at the thought of both. How can we make these registration drives more visually pleasing to people?

Many people are not sure what is expected of them at these drives. The word donation resonates with needles and blood, and many people squirm at the thought of both. How can we make these registration drives more visually pleasing to people?

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Years after registering and hearing nothing about actually donating, a friend of mine was left with the question: "How hard is it to find a match?"

Years after registering and hearing nothing about actually donating, a friend of mine was left with the question: "How hard is it to find a match?"

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