The World Marrow Donor Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September. While this day is celebrated to thank all stem cell donors around the world, it should also raise the awareness on how important the registering as a donor is and what impact a stem cell transplantation can have on a patients’ life.
Given the fact, that there are many patients with different tissue types, chances to find the right match for a donation are pretty low. But the more people who sign up as donors, the greater the chances of finding the right match.
Inspired by the World Marrow Donor Day, RAWBITE would like to thank those who are making a great impact already and to encourage the registration as a donor to increase the chance of saving lives.
What are Stem Cells and what do you need them for?
Stem cells are found in the bone marrow and are precursors to cells in the blood. They are important for our immune system, the ability of the blood to clot and the transport of oxygen around the body.
Therefore, both bone marrow and stem cells are necessary for us to survive. For blood disorders such as blood cancer, stem cell transplants give patients a new immune system and may be the only potential lifesaving therapy for some patients.
Who can donate stem cells?
Basically, everyone between 18 and 55 years can become a stem cell donor (age for recruitment varies per country). However, the requirements are a body weight of at least 50kg and to be in good health.
While registering, swabbing the inside of your cheek is used to determine your unique tissue type. This is essential to find a match with a patient in need after being registered in the database.
How does a stem cell donation work?
You might have heard the terminology “bone marrow donation” before. While this is one way to take stem cells, another way of taking stem cells from blood made the term “stem cell donation” more popular.
As the name says, your blood is removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that will collect only the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through a needle in the other arm. The process can take up to four hours. To increase the stem cells in the blood, the donor needs to take a drug that acts as a stem cell mobilizer before donating.
While being under general anesthesia to feel no pain during donation, the liquid bone marrow is withdrawn from the back of your pelvic bone No worries: The bone morrow recovers itself within a few weeks.
RAWBITE x Stem Cell Donation
After supporting blood donors in Germany, RAWBITE would also like to contribute organic, vegan snacks for stem cell donors in Denmark.
“At RAWBITE, we have always focused on producing a snack bar fitting an active lifestyle. Therefore, we would also like to support a good cause that can have a great impact on an individual’s life and health. Our contribution is just a modest thank you to everyone who is trying to be a part of that and may save other people’s life”, says CEO Matthias Harlfinger.
Although there are already many donors, there is still a need for more. Spread the word, register now and help to save lives!