While most people are likely posting about their love, I wanted to instead focus on how you could give something even more meaningful to someone: the gift of life.
Everyone know’s today is Valentine’s Day, but few likely realize that it’s also #NationalDonorDay. While the day is technically to raise awareness about organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation, I’m going to focus on bone marrow. (Though I 1000% encourage everyone to sign up to be an organ donor, consider living donations, and give blood and platelet donations if possible!)
Not because I’ve ever needed a bone marrow donation (thankfully), but because I have felt personally affected in two ways.
First, in case you don’t know, I seriously admire Robin Roberts. She is one of my role models and her health battles along with her journey to find
a bone marrow match (luckily, her sister as a perfect one!) left a huge impact on me. I’ve grown up watching Good Morning America since
I was a kid. When I went off to college in 2005 and became even more heavily invested in watching the news to stay up with what was going on in the world, that was the same time that Robin joined as an anchor. I’m sure it seems sort of ridiculous to feel like I know or even relate to someone I’ve never met, but having watched her for the past 12 years, I can’t help but feel like I do.
Her motto of making your mess your message has helped me through my own struggles and has pushed me to be unabashedly open about what I’ve gone through.
But it wasn’t just Robin’s plight that makes me care so much about bone marrow donation. It’s also the fact that my mixed heritage means even more in the context of donating my marrow.
While finding a donor can be a tough process, people of multi-racial or multi-ethnic backgrounds face the worst odds. One Time Magazine article compared it to the same odds as winning the lottery (which are usually 1 in 200 or 300 million).
Suffice it to say, knowing that my blended background could be that one in a few hundred million chance of helping save someone’s life, why wouldn’t I do it?
The process is ridiculously simple to register, practically painless to donate, and you’re fully functioning as a donor 24 hours later.
Especially since my husband and I don’t plan on having children, what better way to give the gift of life?
So what’s the point of all of this?
Because today I am launching #Amandas31for31 initiative! I want to get 31 people registered and raise $1031 for Be The Match by my birthday (May 24th). As I’m turning 31, I don’t need much in terms of gifts, so what better time to pay it forward then to add people to the bone marrow registry and help people on their through donations?
It’s seriously insanely easy and again, you’d be literally giving someone the gift of life.
This Valentine’s Day, instead of focusing on romantic love, how about doing something out of the pure love of giving and donate or become a donor!
Feel free to ask me any questions about it as well – I am happy to answer them!