MACON, GA.-- - In the United States, every 3 minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. There's something you can do to help.
Michael Hawkins is a proud bone marrow donor to a 5-year-old boy in Canada. Hawkins says the process was simple.
"The procedure you are in and out in just a few hours. The only pain is you're going to be slightly sore for 2 days and that's it. You're back to normal in no time,” says Hawkins.
He says they harvest the bone marrow through to small holes in your pelvis.
"There's nothing to be afraid of. If you're okay to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist you can do this,” says Hawkins.
The process to register to become a potential donor is easy. It takes just about 20 minutes. You will receive your kit and it will come with 4 swaps. One for each quadrant of your mouth. You stick the swab in and rub it around for 10 seconds on each side of your mouth. Then in about 3 to 4 weeks you will receive your welcome packet along with your donor card.
"You're giving a person back to their family. So it means a whole lot. When you consider the difficulty of finding a match a donor may be someone's only hope at a second chance,” says “Be A Match” Representative Rob Gunn.
Although only one out of every 540 people on the registry list are called to donate you may be that unique match.
Hawkins says he hopes to meet that little boy that he donated bone marrow to soon.
If you're looking to donate bone marrow in Middle Georgia a WMAZ employee, Margie Fitzpatrick, could use your help. She has leukemia and could use your help at a marrow donor registry drive Saturday at the Galleria Mall in Centerville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.