In this AskMe thread about leukaemia
, scblackman had a great idea. Could we "leverag[e] the MetaFilter community to do a virtual bone marrow drive?"
posted by metaBugs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:48 PM (88 comments total)
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From his/her post
: Set up a page with links to various countries marrow registries, and/or places to sign up. Set up some type of "I signed up" button to help keep track ... get the mods to put something on the sidebar ... maybe a MetaFilter Meetup at the local blood bank? Anyone want to try to move this forward? I'd be happy to help.
As getting onto the bone marrow register is something that lots of people mean to do but somehow never get around to, I think a registration drive is a wonderful idea. What do you fine folks think?
In the UK, the Anthony Nolan Trust has an open invitation for people to host a recruitment clinic
. I'll phone them for more details tomorrow. Elsewhere in the world, the pledged members could arrange to attend an ordinary clinic together and have celebratory cake. Or perhaps blood pudding. I know it costs money in the USA but it's occasionally free (right now, for example
) and often subsidised. I volunteer to help organise anything we can get off the ground online or in London, UK.
Recent threads have popped up in the sidebar saying that this community has saved its members vast amounts of money and time. By getting more people onto the woefully underpopulated donor registers, maybe we could add "saving lives" to that list?
NB: I've posted this without input from scblackman, so if this is a good idea the credit goes to him/her; of course, if it's a bad post for the Grey then the blame is entirely mine.