Every year, more than 10,000 adults and children are diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle–cell or other life–threatening diseases for which a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor is their only hope for a cure.
The Postal Service’s Delivering the Gift of Life campaign offers help. Since 1997, the campaign has enabled postal employees, their spouses or dependent family members 18 years of age and older the opportunity to help a patient by donating marrow. And this year, 520 employees throughout the South Florida District have undergone testing to donate marrow. The test is easy and painless. A kit with four cotton swabs is given to potential donors to collect cheek tissue cells. Analysts use the cells to determine the donor’s tissue type so it can be listed on the registry.
To date, the South Florida District is #2 in the country in the number of bone marrow donors. Congratulations and thank you!