Facing Need for Black Bone Marrow Donors

Stephanie M. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2012

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Since becoming diagnosed [with aplastic anemia], [Johnika] Carter-Kiel, now 19, has been searching for a bone marrow donor who could cure her. A match will probably share her African American heritage. But the odds are slim. About 7 percent of the nation’s 10 million registered potential bone-marrow donors are black, compared with 75 percent who are white.

In an attempt to correct that shortage, the National Marrow Donor Program is starting a nationwide awareness campaign this summer.

On behalf of the organization, Carter-Kiel spoke Sunday in San Francisco’s Moscone Center as part of the biennial conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s first Greek-letter sorority for African American college women.

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Many African Americans are reluctant to donate bone marrow because they fear the process, even though they can donate peripheral blood stem cells non-surgically, and they distrust the health care system, said Myrada Benjamin, an account executive and a community recruiter for the National Marrow Donor Program.

“Here we live in an extremely diverse area with a ton of people of color,” she said, “and we’re dying.”

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  • Up to my neck in CA

    We are all the same right? The same compassion for our fellow man?
    “About 7 percent of the nation’s 10 million registered potential bone-marrow donors are black, compared with 75 percent who are white.”
    I guess not.

    “Many African Americans are reluctant to donate bone marrow because they fear the process, even though they can donate peripheral blood stem cells non-surgically, and they distrust the health care system….”
    Evil Whitey might steal their souls or implant a GPS device in them or purposely infect dem with da AIDS.

    • Tlgeiger

      Maybe if the doctors stressed that White people can’t use black marrow they would get a higher turnout.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D7BX764AFX7YRN57CDP7IRUMNE Darryl

    I have never seen a black person do anything for the common good. Never. I have observed quite a bit too- and I am no hermit. Someone help me out here, do you have any examples? Morgan Freeman has done more to help his fellow man, but that is in a movie theater, but in the real world, I have never seen a black man stuff a bag with sand after a flood, I have never seen a black man serving soup in a soup kitchen, I have never heard of a story of a hero black saving anyone’s life etc. etc. etc. I see beatings, rapes, murders, scams, protests, fires, riots, marches on a daily basis– never anything positive. Again, if I am wrong, someone educate me. It would never occur to them to donate anything. They are naturally selfish/self-centered.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darius-Jackson/100003705849906 Darius Jackson

      Nonsense! A friend of mine had a cousin who was in a car crash. Two blacks came to her assistance. They were soon arrested by the police for robbing her  purse…

    • JackKrak

      Blacks are very useful and eager to participate in any project designed to relieve us of excess cash and to occupy any wasted free space on urban street corners

    • mikejones91

      To be fair—This black guy saved a white woman and her kid at the Aurora massacre but your almost right, they really don’t do much else. ALL the other heroes were white men.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYKCW323HPUTQOUGE5WZPNXJOU John

    Is fear of the health care system what keeps them from donating? No .. it’s definitely not that. It’s a complex racial and cultural set of factors.  And none of the factors speak highly of the character of black people … or of their investment in this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Actually, 7% is a surprisingly high percentage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W25W7Z72IPG34VCBTTORC7GE3U Steven

    I remember a study that showed mixed race people have the hardest time finding matching donors.

    • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

      That is true. I remember years ago when the daughter of baseball player Rod Carew was looking for a bone marrow donor. She was mixed race and died without finding a donor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Evans/100001091600634 Lucas Evans

      Mixed race are f**ked when it comes to bone marrow. If you don’t have a compatible sibling, your as good as dead. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aunti-Occupy/100003232140389 Aunti Occupy

    WHO THE HELL WANTS TO RISK GETTING AIDS AT SOME GHETTO HOSPITAL DONATING SOMETHING.

    The staff sell unused needles and reuse IV needles on patients.  Why are so many people having blood poisoning problems and loosing limbs?  Why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Evans/100001091600634 Lucas Evans

      There was a story a few years ago about a black heroin addict nurse. She was injecting herself with fentanyl meant for patients coming out of surgery. She would refill the syringes with water. People in serious pain were denied meds so she could get high. 

      The best part is she never bothered to change the needle and she’s hepatitis C+. This nasty “nurse” infected scores of already sick people with hepatitis. It takes literally 2 seconds to change a needle, but she couldn’t be bothered. I’m sure most of her patients were White. Filth, pure filth unworthy of the society our ancestors built.

      • Michael C. Scott

        Let’s not forget that Hepatitis C is the one that is very, very difficult to cure, with only a 50%-80% success rate.  It is the leading cause of liver transplant operations (not chronic alcoholism), and the virus often recurs after liver replacement.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWMCMK6U5OWRHYIYJAF2TPFL2U thomas

     They distrust the health care system, said Myrada Benjamin, an account executive and a community recruiter for the National Marrow Donor Program.”

    They “distrust” the health care system. More evidence that blacks are not capable of living in a first-world society. Liberia was created for good reason….
     

  • haroldcrews

    NIH breakdown on blood donors.  If I’ve done the numbers correctly blacks comprised a little more than 5% of donors for the year 2006.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2784257/ 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Evans/100001091600634 Lucas Evans

      Is that before or after screening? I’m sure 70% of black donated blood is tossed for being diseased.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7TUX5FLXPJULCT66AR6TMN2SZM robert g

    It’s simple, blacks are mostly “takers”, very seldom “givers”.

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks are afraid that if they donate blood or organs they will go to a white person.  True.

    • toldev

       That is true. I remember some years ago when Louis Farrakhan made a comment that whites benefited from black on black violence because whites needed the spare parts.

  • http://twitter.com/baldowl baldowl

    White marrow is not good enough for them? 
    Oh, or is there a difference between the races?  I thought we’re all the same, that black is just skin deep.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D7BX764AFX7YRN57CDP7IRUMNE Darryl

    No, I’m afraid I do not recall that. Are you sure it wasn’t a movie with Morgan Freeman? He helped that dolphin too, with the new tail.

  • KenelmDigby

    Blacks wouldn’t donate the steam off their urine.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    Subway worker, wasn’t he?

  • toldev

    If race is only skin deep or if race is only a social construct, why does interracial organ transplantation generally not work?

    • Sloppo

      I have long suspected that organs are racist.  I believe my eyes, ears and brains are the organs most responsible for making me laugh when I hear people say that race is an “imaginary social construct”.

    • The__Bobster

      It actually works better for Whites. Moolies tend to have bad reactions to the more-evolved White antigens.

  • rightrightright

    http://www.cardiomyopathy.org/Campaign-to-urge-Asian-and-black-people-to-join-organ-donor-register.html
    It isn’t just Blacks and bone marrow donation.  In England, 25% of those awaiting organ transplants are Black/Asian, yet these groups make up only 2% of the national donor register.  Health care including such surgery is free to them and there is no payment for donations.  These aliens will take everything offered to them by the National Health Service, but put nothing back.  

    Slightly off topic: http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/germany-muslim-doctor-sold-european.html

    Muslims don’t donate, they take.  Because of this doctor’s criminal behaviour, Germans awaiting organ transplants have died as suitable organs were sold by him to fellow Muslims. 

    • Sloppo

      I went to that second link.  That should be a big story.  Perhaps it is up to people like us to share links to stories like that one so people will know about this sort of thing.  Thanks for sharing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TINHFXEXLNXTHQZALJMYIM6OFA Peter

    Ditto.  “What’s in it for me?”-seems to be the common thread among blacks.  Offer a free pair of the latest sneakers with a donation and watch the numbers rise.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    It’s selfishness and lack of edumacation.  They ain’t got no edumacation.

    The only thing they learned in school was where the lunch room was and  that they don’t owe anybody anything: the White man owes them everything.

  • 20670

    I like this article because it is important from time to time to realize, or be reminded, that blacks in America (every where?) are takers, not givers.  It is so sad, but true.  I think perhaps it is true that blacks were more giving ( to whites)  under slavery in the South, and during Reconstruction.  There are too many records supporting this.  By the time Reconstruction/Federal Military Occupation in the 5 Military Districts of the South ended blacks were left with empty federal promises and set up for expecting hand outs to continue.  When federal government handouts of the Great Society began blacks took and demanded more…THE MAN can never give enough!… and wiley leftest Marxist whites have encouraged blacks to bite the hand that feeds them and to hate ole whitey.  Blacks are very suspicious of government (as well they should be), of white folk, and of their own kind generally.  My black girlfriend once told me blacks hate to tip, and that when her family went out to eat they generally tried to figure out how to get their entire meal for free or at least a discount.  She said sometimes they made such a racket when the bill came the manager would do anything to get rid of them (she claimed she was embarrassed about her family’s behavior)…I wonder if it is genetic?     Ain’t it awful?   It’s like my long time Jewish friend who laughs and says TRUST ME!…I wouldn’t dare…ha ha ha.

     : / 

    • The__Bobster

      My black girlfriend once told me blacks hate to tip, and that when her family went out to eat they generally tried to figure out how to get their entire meal for free or at least a discount. 
      __________

      Your WHAT??!! Why are you here?

      • Sheila Dinehart

        opps wrong computer

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYKCW323HPUTQOUGE5WZPNXJOU John

         Oh well.  “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Evans/100001091600634 Lucas Evans

    He didn’t “accidentally” penetrate her in the process?

  • The__Bobster

    I’ve been in many doctors’ offices full of non-paying old moolies, many wif da shuggas, nome sane?

  • The__Bobster

    One of many costs.

  • Flossie

    While it’s true that blacks WON’T donate, this is largely true of ALL non-whites. The characteristics of charity and altruism that drive donors are simply far more common among whites than non-whites. I used to be like this myself, but I’ve long since torn up my donor card. I’ll save my precious tissues for someone . . . more like myself.

    Here in Illinois, the Secretary of State, a black man named Jesse White, is constantly pestering us to sign up for the state’s donor registry. The ads are clearly aimed at non-whites.