Jackson bone marrow donor shares story, will speak at national forum

JACKSON, Tenn. — September 18 is World Marrow Day, which encourages people to donate stem cells to help others who may be battling different health concerns.

“It’s actually a day where we encourage people to donate stem cells, there are so many people who suffer from blood cancers, and so stem cells helps to be a process for them to help provide healing in that process,” said LaTrina Morman.

Morman elected to become a donor in 1997, and she’s seen first hand how donors can save or heal a life. Her father received a kidney transplant, turning his life completely around.

“I signed up simply because my dad needed a kidney transplant, so I signed up and said, ‘Hey, why not?’ and never knowing that so many years later I would get a call to donate stem cells, so I actually donated stem cells to a recipient in the Netherlands.

22 years after becoming a donor, Morman was able to donate bone marrow. The process was lengthy, but for the outcome, she says it was worth it.

“It made me feel that I was making a difference with someone who I didn’t know, I didn’t know if they had family, but I feel like I gave them an opportunity for hope, whether that was just one more birthday, another chance to celebrate with family and friends, or just one day where they did not feel pain,” Morman said.

Morman encourages people to consider being a donor if you can. She says there are a lot questions and concerns about donating, but with the support and courage, she says it may be the most rewarding experience in your life.

“Of all backgrounds, all ethic groups, to really consider donating, because we all have a purpose in life and that is one way that you can be so selfless in giving to another,” said Morman.

On Septemebr 13, Morman will be speaking at a national policy forum hosted by the National Marrow Donor Program, to advocate for donor work leave.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a bone marrow donor, click here.

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