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Chipotle Hummus & Bone Marrow Donation

The night after I joined the Bone Marrow Donor registry I had a dream that I was a Bone Marrow match for a little boy who was dying of Leukemia. But in my dream, I had joined the registry one month after he died of the disease. I had the lifesaving cure just walking around in my body and I had no idea until it was too late.  

Horrible, I know. But It happens, I’m sure. This morning, when I woke up, I got an email for the registry, and whenever that happens I have a flicker of hope that I am one of those people who has the opportunity to donate. I want to. I want to use the marrow I grow so easily in my bones to save the life of someones else’s Tater, because I would want you to do that for me, if she is ever in need. Of course, if I ever am a match, I’m sure the news won’t come via email so as you have probably suspected the email was just an update about the progress being made by the Be The Match foundation

Now that I have this platform, I want to use it to reach out. To help save the life of someones baby. What if it is you. What if you are the one who holds the key to a cure inside your bones.

Are you in the Bone Marrow Donor database?

Here was how simple it was for me to get on the list:

Go to a donation center, give blood, sign a form.

It can be even easier for you. You can click here, fill out a form online and order your cheek swap kit through the mail. It’s so easy. 

It took about twenty minutes. Although it did cost me about $50 at the time, I can now put my mind at ease that I am doing what I can. $50 is a lot, more to some people than to others, but it was worth it for me know that I wasn’t the reason that someone was dying.  That I wasn’t caring the lifesaving cure inside of me while someone was dying, over a mater of $50. 

Click here to find out how you can get on the list of Bone Marrow Donors. 

Here are some simple facts about Bone Marrow Donation and how and why to get on the list:

Q: If I join the Be The Match Registry, how likely is it that I will donate to someone? 
A: On average, one in every 540 members of Be The Match Registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to a patient. We cannot predict the likelihood that an individual member will donate because there is so much diversity in the population. However, if you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you are 10 times more likely to be called as a marrow donor than other members of the Be The Match Registry. That’s because research shows cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants.

Every person who joins the registry gives patients hope, and new patient searches begin every day. You may never be identified as a match for someone, or you might be one of a number of potential matches. But you may also be the only one on the registry who can save a particular patient’s life.

Q: How do I become a bone marrow donor? 
A: The first step to become a bone marrow donor is to join the Be The Match Registry. Doctors around the world search our registry to find a match for their patients. If a doctor selects you as a match for a patient, you may be asked to donate bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (called PBSC donation).

Q. Does bone marrow donations involve surgery?

A: The majority of donations do not involve surgery. Today, the patient’s doctor most often requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical.

Q. Is Donating painful or involve a long recovery?

A: There can be uncomfortable but short-lived side effects of donating PBSC. Due to taking a drug called filgrastim for five days leading up to donation, PBSC donors may have headaches, joint or muscle aches, or fatigue. PBSC donors are typically back to their normal routine in one to two days.

Q. Is donating  dangerous or weaken the donor?

A: There are rarely any long-term side effects. Be The Match® carefully prescreens all donors to ensure they are healthy and the procedure is safe for them. We also provide support and information every step of the way.

Q. Once you have been chosen as a match do donors have to pay to donate?

A: Donors never pay to donate. We reimburse travel costs and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Does race or ethnicity affect matching?
A: Racial and ethnic heritage are very important factors. Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity. Today, there simply aren’t enough registry members of diverse racial and ethnic heritage. Adding more diverse members increases the likelihood that all patients will find a life-saving match.

Members of these backgrounds are especially needed:

  • Black or African American
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian, including South Asian
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Multiple race
This in no way relates to Chipotle Hummus. Except that maybe those lazy summer days, hanging out with friends, enjoying a spicy dip, are gifts that you maybe able to give another person, if you are a match. And if you get on the registry, and get to donate marrow and save someones life: I will be really jealous. 

Chipotle Hummus

15 ounces garbanzo beans

1/4 cup tahini

3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tbs olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1-3 tbs water

salt and pepper to taste

Crudites for serving

In a food processor, add the garbonzo beans, tahini, chilies, garlic, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice and process until smooth. Add the water until you reach the consistency that you prefer, more water will equal a creamier hummus. Salt and pepper to taste.

I find that this dip tastes best with the cool crunch of fresh vegetables such as cucumber slices, sliced peppers and carrot sticks.

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Deanna March 16, 2012 um 4:20 pm

I’m signed up for the registry but I didn’t have to give blood to do it. I just had to do a couple of cheek swabs and mail them in. Every time I get an email from them I get a little excited too.


Layla March 16, 2012 um 4:54 pm

I’ve always thought about bone marrow donation but I’m not on the list. I’m going to check it out!


Cassie March 16, 2012 um 9:54 pm

I am registering for blood marrow donation this year. My aunt has done it for years and she has reached the age that she can’t do it anymore. She doesn’t have kids so she asked that we register in her place. This is great, as is the hummus!


Jackie March 17, 2012 um 7:40 am

Cassie, I love your aunt! Thats so amazing. I really hope that I’m able to give some day.


Jen Darson March 17, 2012 um 7:54 am

I just heard Dr. Oz tell everyone to get on the registry. I’m going to look into it.


Jan Anderson March 17, 2012 um 8:42 pm

I was on the registry for years, until I turned 60. But the same blood factors that are matched for marrow are used to match other blood products, such as platelets. We discovered that I have Native American ancestry through the blood typing! And I know that the 16 gallons of platelets I donated over the years went to newborns, cancer sufferers, and others who needed what I could produce and donate, over and over.


Jackie March 18, 2012 um 8:10 am

Jan, that’s amazing! I’m sure there are so many moms out there that are so grateful for what you did for their newborns. Thank you for sharing.


Debs @ The Spanish Wok March 18, 2012 um 8:44 am

How lovely and kind you are to want to help others. I’m told I can’t do anything like this as I have colon cancer. I’m hoping one day that it’s possible to donate colons, but that seems unlikely in my lifetime at least LOL

Lovely hummus recipe. I like it spicy.

You are welcome to join in my food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.


Tracy March 18, 2012 um 5:41 pm

Thank you for bringing this topic to light! I donated my bone marrow last April to a 56 year old man with cancer. It’s been over a year and he’s in full remission and healthy. I had signed up 7 years prior because I felt convicted and that I was meant to do it. When I got the notification that I was a potential match ( FedEx envelope, not email 🙂 ) I had no doubts I would be a perfect match, as I felt it was meant to be. And I was!

Anyway, I just want to thank you for talking about something that should be discussed more, because you are right. So many of us walk around with the cure for someone’s illness, and we don’t even know it!



Jackie March 19, 2012 um 9:14 am

Tracy, that’s amazing! I hope that I get to donate someday. SO wonderful that you were able to do that 🙂


Jamie March 18, 2012 um 5:55 pm

I just came across your recipe which is awesome. But, I also appreciate your information about bone marrow donation! My father is battling leukemia and is considering a transplant as treatment so it’s wonderful to encourage everyone to register. Thanks for the great message!


Baker Street March 19, 2012 um 2:50 am

I’m not on the registry but surely would look into it. Thanks for putting together all that info Jackie.


Rosemarie Madron March 19, 2012 um 10:48 am

Hello! I loved reading this. I’ve been thinking about it, but I keep forgetting to order a swab kit. I’ll bring it up to my husband and maybe we can do it together.


Isdoe Biżuteria March 19, 2012 um 12:36 pm

Hi, I have wanted to write about something like this on my own blog and you gave me an idea. It always stimulates me to search for some new blogs and such valuable content about Bone Marrow Donation


Blondie March 19, 2012 um 1:45 pm

Just signed up for the registry and have a kit on the way. I have been thinking about it for a while. Thank you for reminding me. Hopefully, I can help save a life one day!


Jackie March 19, 2012 um 1:47 pm

YAY!!! That makes me so happy. I hope we both get to donate some day! 🙂


purabi naha March 21, 2012 um 6:55 pm

Bone marrow donation is really a great thing: thanks for enlightening me on this! The hummus looks great!


Linda May 10, 2012 um 12:19 pm

I got the FedEx envelope too, four weeks ago. I match a man with Leukemia. I gave some more vials of blood almost two weeks ago. Now in the confirmatory typing phase and they’re testing to see if we’re a "perfect" match. I ask you to send out all your positive energy to this man that he finds his perfect match. If it’s me, I’m ready to go!



Jackie May 10, 2012 um 12:34 pm

That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ll keep you both in my thoughts. Please, keep me updated about this and let me know how it all goes 🙂 p.s. you just reminded me to update with my new mailing address!


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