I recently listened to an episode from one of my favorite podcasts – Radiolab. The episode is titled: Match Made in Marrow. It is an amazing and inspiring story about selflessness, altruism, science, religion and magic. Here’s an excerpt from the website.
“One day, without thinking much of it, Jennell Jenney swabbed her cheek and signed up to be a donor. Across the country, Jim Munroe desperately needed a miracle, a one-in-eight-million connection that would save him. It proved to be a match made in marrow, a bit of magic in the world that hadn’t been there before. But when Jennell and Jim had a heart-to-heart in his suburban Dallas backyard, they realized they had contradictory ideas about where that magic came from. Today, an allegory for how to walk through the world in a way that lets you be deeply different, but totally together.”
I was deeply touched by their story and how a life saving gift and being saved is more important than understanding why.
The program also cleared up a misconception I held – that donating bone marrow requires the insertion of a long needle. It does not. The process is more like giving blood.
After listening to this program, I was interested in becoming a bone marrow donor. So I visited the National Marrow Donor List and began the registration process. Unfortunately I was disqualified because of age (must be less than 60).
However, there are still ways to help. You can make a financial donation at Be the Match , you can share this inspirational story and you can encourage others to do so too.
If you listen to this podcast, I think you will also be touched by it.