Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Save a life

#6.) Do something that could save someone's life.

This was something I didn't even have to think twice about doing. A friend from church, Brittany Horton, was diagnosed with leukemia and will more than likely need to undergo a bone marrow transplant. I have known Brittany since she was a little girl. Her brother and I have been friends since about 5th or 6th grade. When I found out Brittany hadn't found a donor match I knew this was something I wanted to try to test myself for. Tanna, Brittany's sister in law, posted the instructions for the Bone Marrow Bank Testing. I followed the questionnaire and ordered the kit. I got my kit in the mail less than a week later.

After I got the kit in the mail I did the swabs, and was happy to seal that sucker up and send it off. Even if it turns out I am not a match for Brittany, there is always the chance that I could be a match for someone else. How blessed and rewarding would it be to be able to help save someones life. I encourage each of you to order a kit and get tested.... There are so many people that need someone to donate for them. Imagine if it was your little sister, your wife, your daughter!

Here are the directions on how to get a kit. I took this text from my friend Tanna's blog.

You go to this link:


They will guide you through a health questionaire, etc. It takes about 15 minutes to go through it. Then you put in your mailing info. There is a place where it says PROMOTION CODE and you need to type in "brittanyhorton." They mail you a kit, you do a cheek swab, and then send it in to see if you are a match. I think that is all it consists of.

It is free. They say it takes 100 bucks to put you in the system, so they take donations, but if you cannot afford one then it is for sure free. As long as you are in good health, you can try to be a match.


  1. Oh Karen this is amazing!!! Thanks for posting this, I'll send in for my kit as well. The more the better!!!

  2. Kudos to you Karen!! I did this at work recently, in hopes that one day I will be able to save someone's life. God bless you!

  3. Matt and I did it too Karen!! It was so easy! Hopefully one of us is a match! :) It felt good to "get out of my box" and do something for someone else.

  4. I also did this! I am so glad so many of us may have the opportunity to add days to someone else's life!