Imagine you were diagnosed with a life threatening disease and you had to win the lottery to survive. For many patients needing bone marrow transplants, the odds of finding a matching donor can be dangerously low, especially when you have to rely on a selfless stranger to step up to do so.
Over half of patients needing transplants to save their lives can't find a match, yet only 2% of the US Population is on the donor registry. In 2015 two sisters traveled the US searching for heroes. What they found were dangerous misconceptions about bone marrow donation, resulting in thousands of rejections, and reflections on empathy, selflessness, and mortality. This panel features three unique perspectives surrounding these issues and will educate and maybe even inspire you to become a hero.
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