In 2013, we interviewed a Pharmacy Technician from Children’s named Rafael Pacheco about his experience donating stem cells as part of the Be The Match program. Here’s a Q&A about what he thinks about the stem cell donation process and why he’s glad to be a donor.
Q Why did you decide to sign up for the Be the Match Registry?
A I felt like my donation could potentially give a patient in need a fighting chance at life.
Q How long did it take you to get called to donate?A
Q Were you afraid to donate after you received the call?
A I was a little nervous, but the procedure went really well.
Q What kind of donation did you give?
A I donated peripheral blood stem cells.
Q How long did it take to donate stem cells?
A The stem cell donation lasted about eight hours. After they got me hooked up, it was easy, and I was able to catch up on some movies I had missed.
Q Did it hurt to donate stem cells?A
Q Did you hurt the following week after donating?A
Q After knowing what it takes to donate stem cells, would you do it again?
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