The Bottom Line
When it’s all over, you haven’t lost anything, because you didn’t actually need the stem cells that were collected. Well, okay, technically, you’ve lost a few hours of your day, but all things considered, that’s barely something to complain about. And the next day, when you’re back to your regular life and look in the mirror, the only difference you’ll see is a big halo over your head. Because buddy, you’ve just saved someone’s life.
There are really only advantages to being a stem cell donor: giving someone another chance at life, stuffing your face with cookies at the hospital’s expense, earning bragging rights for years to come, being treated like a hero by just about everyone…and stretching out your “recovery” by a day or two to make a long weekend out of it (and if your boss gives you any trouble about taking time off, then they’re kind of a jerk).
So, if you are between 18 and 35 years old, register to be a stem cell donor! It would be so dumb to deprive a fellow human being of your excellent stem cells, especially since you now know that donating them is no big deal. At your job, you’re used to being a team player and helping people out. So send that intern over to your co-worker who needs it more than you.