Writer, cartoonist and photographer Seth Kushner has been diagnosed with leukemia and is looking for a bone-marrow match.
I don’t know Seth well, but I can personally vouch for his generosity as a person. Seth has allowed me to use some of his stunning photographs on the site requesting nothing more than a credit. That might not seem like much, but anytime an artist gives, I can’t help but consider the selflessness of another creative person who is helping out just because they are a good person.
Seth’s planning to beat this (and he will), but bone-marrow matches are difficult which makes it important to register yourself to selflessly help Seth or other people battling this disease.
Terra Kushner, Seth’s wife, posted how people can help:
As you may know, Seth will need a bone marrow transplant. His transplant doctor is starting the process to search for potential donors through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which maintains a national registry of potential matching bone marrow donors. Many of you have inquired about how you can find out if you qualify to be a potential donor.
Basically what you do is register via online or phone & swab your cheek. Here are a couple organizations you can use.
Delete Blood Cancer – I personally went to this website, registered online from my iPhone, received a swap in the mail with 24 hours, mailed back the swab & was told it will show up in the register within 3 weeks. They claim to be the quickest.
National Donor Registry – this is the registry that is directly associated with the NMDP.
More specific details are laid out on the websites above. If you decide you want to be a donor, you can:
•register online (they will send you a kit through the mail to swab your cheek that you will mail back- prepaid postage included)
•go to an approved center to swab your cheek (locations listed on sites)
•organize a bone marrow donation drive or “swab” party.
As far as I can see, the basic criteria for potential donors are:
•lives in the US
•not in the US military
•haven’t already joined the registry
•willing to be a potential donor to anyone*
*Perhaps the most important point about volunteering through the national registry is that you cannot specifically sign up to donate to Seth. It is a big commitment to join the registry, and your efforts can be enormously rewarding, but the process is designed to find patients anywhere in the country or world who may benefit by being a match to you. Therefore it does not provide an option to specify who you wish to help.