Children’s HealthSM will be hosting its 24th annual Be The Match registry drive on Monday, Feb. 16. Joining the Be The Match registry is easy and painless. And when you join the registry, you are one step closer to saving a life.
Check out the registry drive times and locations near you.
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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