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December 05, 2013


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Kim Krawiec

Excellent post. My flu-addled brain can't focus long enough to provide the substantive comments that your post deserves right now, but I'll endeavor to engage this a bit more when I am up and around. In particular, you note an important difference between increasing the donor pool (i.e. registrants) versus translating registrations into actual donors. These are really two separate policy problems that are too often treated as one by policy reformers.

Michelle Meyer

Apologies for only now seeing and rescuing your comment, Kim (H/T Al). Now that we've strengthened our spam filter, we seem to have increased its false positive rate significantly, to the point where the filter is catching comments from even permaloungers [including me, as I've just had to rescue this very comment from the spam filter]. If others believe that their comment has gotten stuck in the spam filter, please email the author of the post on which you're trying to comment.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words about the post, Kim. I hope you feel better soon, and look forward to any further thoughts you might have then.

Calvin Massey

Thank you for your extremely thoughtful and extensive analysis. I am 11 months out from a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. I am doing remarkably well. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to my donor and for the incredibly fine care I have received at Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am biased, of course, but I think the HHS position is abominable. Increasing the number of potential donors does not solve the problem of an unwilling registrant, but it makes the odds better for the recipient. Without a transplant, prospective recipients will soon die. With a transplant, the odds of an extended life are vastly improved. Only those who have not faced the necessity of a life-giving transplant can be indifferent.

Michelle Meyer

Hi, Calvin. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experience -- I had no idea. I'm very glad to hear that you're doing so well.

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