**Amanda donated to save a life**
Amanda registered in the summer of 2010 in hopes of potentially saving a life. In 2016, she learned that she was a potential match for a patient in need. After several rounds of medical exams to ensure she was the best match, Amanda was able to donate via Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation. PBSCis the donation method used in 75% of cases. It is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. During the procedure, blood is drawn through one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to through the other arm. The actual donation can take from 4-8 hours over the course of 1-2 days. The blood stem cells replenish within a few weeks.Amanda had this to say about her experience: "No matter what I have to endure, the recipients have to go through so many different trials and tribulations. They're so tough and strong to have to go through this. I am more than willing to stand beside them and be strong with them."
Thank you Amanda, for giving someone a second chance at life. You can do so as well by signing up as a potential bone marrow donor at dkms.org/register.
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