Jasmina is 6-years-old and fighting a rare form of leukemia. Doctors are hoping to find a bone marrow donor who matches, but the chances of finding that match are diminished due to Jasmina’s ethnicity and the lack of donor involvement within the African-American community.
As a result of this story, I have contacted DKMS and requested a donor kit. They tell me that all I have to do is take a cheek swab (DNA testing process) and mail the swabs back along with some information. I will be entered into the donor database until age 65. The process to collect and submit the sample is free of charge to me and will take all of 3-5 minutes.
If I am a match to someone and can save a live or improve someones chances of survival, those could very well be the best few minutes of my life.
Whether I can help Jasmina or not, it’s something I need to do.
I have a six-year-old son. If he needed it, I certainly would be grateful for someone else taking 3-5 minutes out of their life to see if they could save his life.