OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Swabbing my cheek

On Monday I signed up to join the US bone marrow registry. On Wednesday I received my kit, swabbed my cheek, sent back my cheek swabs and am now waiting for confirmation of being registered. Here's my experience.

Photo of Nathan Waterhouse
6 18

Written by

Swabbing your cheek is actually the easiest part in the process. Applying for the cheek swab kit was a lot more confusing, but still pretty straightforward. The http://www.bethematch.org site makes a really compelling case for what you're doing, if you're not already clear on how your action might benefit someone someday. At first it's kind of confusing as to why they need to know various medical details about you, but when you think about it makes sense.


The kit arrived two days after ordering it, which was impressive. It was also tiny - I imagined a big parcel, but it was just a little envelope that looked like the rest of my mail.


You have to swab all parts of your mouth with each swabber. No idea why this is, but it made me wonder. The process is almost so easy that it made me think i'd forgotten to do something - like write my name on it, but I guess the barcode takes care of identification and also keeps your DNA safe.


If you're interested in ordering a kit (so easy) click here = http://bit.ly/swabacheek

6 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Spam
Photo of Louise Wilson

This is excellent. My boyfriend did a similar 'swab test' ten years ago to receive info on his genealogy with the National Geographic project https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/index.html

It is simple, interesting and benefits others.

Spam
Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Wow, I had no idea it was THIS easy. Was there a moment while you were on the website, that made you decide to sign up? Or was it something you were planning to do? The photos were really helpful in understanding the process. Thank you!

Spam
Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I think Sina Mossayeb bullseyed the issue here. If we identify what made you Nathan, and what makes most of us go the extra mille and sign up we can apply the same train of thought on how we do spread the word.

Spam
Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Thanks for the inspiration. I just completed my application to do the same. I'm not a fan of needles, so I have a little fear for the procedure that may occur. But in the long run I know it will be worth it.

Spam
Photo of Sina Mossayeb

That's fantastic Nathan. Would be interesting to know what takes someone from the level of interest and willingness to the very concrete level of volition as you showed in your experience. Once you decided to do it, all the small hurdles were jumped (which means the design of usage was pretty user friend). What took you over the edge to register?

Spam
Photo of Meena Kadri

Great insights! I'm looking forward to getting back to New Zealand in a couple of weeks and checking out the procedure on home turf.