13th of October - Polish Bone Marrow Donor Day.
Bone Marrow Donor Day has been celebrated in Poland since 2002.
Bone marrow is used to treat blood cancers that attack the blood, bone marrow and the lymphatic system. All over the world, blood cancer is diagnosed every 4 minutes and someone dies from it every 10 minutes.
When conventional methods such as chemotherapy or radiation fail, the only chance to save the patient is a stem cell transplant. Only about 30% of patients find their "genetic twin" in the family, the remaining patients receive marrow from unrelated donors. It is estimated that the probability of finding the right person ranges from 1: 20,000 to several million.
The marrow donor gives the sick person the most beautiful gift - a chance for life.