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    Default 9/11 firefighter needs a hero of his own


    As a New York City firefighter, Roy Chelsen said his job was to fix things. “That’s what we do. We fix things. We put fires out.” Roy was used to helping others. It was part of his job.

    Roy-Chelsen 9/11
    Roy was on duty the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and he heard the first plane hit the World Trade Center from his firehouse. Soon he was one of the firefighters racing up the stairways of the World Trade Center buildings. His team made it up to the 30th floor when they were forced to turn and start back down again. Six men from Roy’s firehouse were killed that morning, but Roy made it out alive.

    Four years later
    Four years later, Roy faced a different kind of challenge. He was diagnosed with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Chemotherapy treatments put his disease into remission for a while, but in 2008, it returned. He learned he would need a marrow transplant. His search for a donor began.

    That’s when Roy, a man who was used to helping others, needed to ask for help for himself. As a firefighter, he had always been the one working to save lives. But now he needed someone else ready to save his life – by donating marrow. It was a tough change.

    Firefighters support Be The Match Registry
    Roy had no donor match in his family or on the Be The Match Registry. True to form, his fellow firefighters have come together to help.

    Firefighters and other first responders have long been committed to the Be The Match Registry. Many firehouses invite new firefighters to join the registry and hold marrow registry drives to encourage members of the public to join the registry, too.

    Still waiting for a match
    There's more than one way to be someone's hero, Roy says. He thanks everyone who has already joined Be The Match Registry. But he’s still waiting for a matching donor. You can help spread the word: tell your friends and family to join Be The Match Registry. One of them could be the hero Roy -- or another patient -- is looking for.

    Please join... http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/index.html?src=blog

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    For anyone wondering about the process, joining the registry is incredibly simple.

    1. sign-up online, takes less than 10 minutes.
    2. you are mailed a kit which contains some cotton swabs. You swab the inside of your cheek and mail the kit back.
    3. your registration will be processed and if you are ever matched to someone needing a donation the registry will contact you to arrange things. My wife and I are both registered and have been for a little over a year. Getting registered took less than 20 minutes combined and cost us nothing. Usually they have donations to cover the registration cost.

    Register today and you might just save a life in a different way than you expect!

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    Done as of 10 minutes ago.

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    Somewhere between genius and insanity!


    I joined the bone marrow registry about 6 years ago at a fundraiser for a child with a rare blood cancer.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    is there any age recommendation/requirement to give marrow??

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    Quote Originally Posted by luceroa View Post
    is there any age recommendation/requirement to give marrow??

    You must be between the ages of 18 and 60 to join the registry.

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