Insight News By Harry Colbert Jr.
Reporter Harry Colbert Jr. highlighted the need for more minority bone marrow donors in an article about 12-year-old Valaria Fenderson, who is fighting an inherited blood disorder called sickle cell disease. Be The Match recruiter Kristine Reed explained that common myths associated with bone marrow donation deter people from joining the registry. However, the registration and donation process are both much easier than people realize. Reed also mentioned the need for younger donors, ages 18 to 44, and a need for expecting mothers to donate their child’s umbilical cord blood.