5 March 2012 — Speaker, Janet Higgins, “Bone Marrow Donation”


There are two major missions for our Rotary E-Club in the next few weeks. One, as always, is our mission of service, and we have many great projects currently happening or in the active planning stages. The other, also as always, is identifying and inviting qualified new Rotarians into the family. It is time for us to reach 25 members and beyond and to apply for and receive our Charter as the newest Rotary Club in the world.

Much more news coming; stand by, Club Members, for some notes and questions in the next few days.

This week’s program is very personal for our team. One of our members has just received a bone marrow transplant and is on the road to recovery.  Another of our members lost her grandfather and father to leukemia.  I doubt there is anyone reading this paragraph who has not been touched somehow by cancer in a friend or family member.  We can make a difference, and we will.





For most of us, the idea of donating bone marrow conjures up images of a painful procedure involving needles the size of a Saturn V rocket. Turns out, as so often seems to happen, times have changed.

If you want to have the opportunity to save a life, registering for the National Bone Marrow Database in the United States is very, very easy; so easy that it takes about five minutes to fill out a form, and less than three minutes–see the second video this week–to provide the cells. If you are ever called as a match for a patient, the odds are the process will be no more difficult than donating blood at your local blood drive, although it’ll take a little bit longer. (You’ll have a few hours to catch up on your reading; think of it as a Rotary Literacy Project, too.)

Have you ever saved a life? Would you like to?

Janet Higgins is an Outreach Specialist for Be The Match, the U.S. national bone marrow donor database. She works directly with City of Hope in Duarte, California, and is a strong advocate for adding potential life savers to the United States database and, where Rotary can also help, to the many interconnected databases in other nations around the world.

If the embedded video is not visible, please click here to view it on YouTube.

 HERE IS A LINK to the donations page to help Be The Match continue the process you heard about in the interview.

For more information in general, visit the Be The Match website.

Here’s how easy it was to register. You, too, can be swabbed in a parking lot.

If the embedded video is not visible, please click here to view it on YouTube.

The opinions expressed by guest speakers are those of the speaker(s) and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.




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1 response to 5 March 2012 — Speaker, Janet Higgins, “Bone Marrow Donation”

  1. I donated platelets 30 years ago and it was a lengthy process. Glad to hear that the bone marrow process is much improved and easier for the donor. Janet’s explanation and Mel’s demonstration made it clear that joining the bone marrow database is something that almost everyone can do to help others in need.

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