HomeTVGood Morning AmericaGMA’s Robin Roberts Encourages Bone Marrow Registration Luke Kerr January 22, 2014 5 Comments Cancer survivor and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts is encouraging Americans to join the bone marrow registry as part of a join campaign with Be the Match and Stand up to Cancer. Visit both sites to learn more! 5 Responses Ryan-Scott January 22, 2014 I would love to do this but until the laws change and the ignorance goes away my gay blood and marrow stay in my body. Log in to Reply Yoryla January 22, 2014 Good. Another notch in her belt. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott January 23, 2014 Thank you TV Gord. I hope the tide turns eventually just like you say. If a doctor drilling into my hip or tummy (I forgot which) yields that I could possibly be a bone marrow match for someone I would not mind at all. Just make sure I have the good meds during the procedure for pain and I would not give a shit. :beer: Log in to Reply TV Gord January 23, 2014 [quote=Ryan-Scott]I would love to do this but until the laws change and the ignorance goes away my gay blood and marrow stay in my body.[/quote] If it’s any consolation, they’re easing the restrictions in Canada, and blood banks around the world are watching. Maybe the rule changes are coming for you, too…someday. We’ve had same-sex marriage for more than a decade now. It takes a long time for change to happen, but it does happen. I’ve been on the bone marrow registry for more than 30 years and it has always bothered me that friends who are just as monogamous as I am are barred from donating. How many of those people arbitrarily excluded would have saved a life. It’s depressing to think about it. Log in to Reply TV Gord January 23, 2014 From what others have told me, it’s more discomfort than pain (like a muscle ache). I wish I could get pain-killers for teeth cleaning!!! I’ve never been a match for bone marrow, but I have donated white cells several times for patients having bone marrow transplants. It’s a great feeling that I hope you get to experience someday. :beer: < << I think I’ll have a few of those before my next teeth cleaning! Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.