Bone Marrow Donations Double Since Robin Roberts' Announcement
Reveal of her diagnosis helps others who need treatment
The rate of new bone marrow donation registrants has more than doubled since 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts announced just two weeks ago that she had MDS.
MDS is a blood and bone marrow disease.
According to the national bone marrow donation registry Be The Match, 15,000 people have registered since Roberts revealed her diagnosis. That's 11,200 more than the registry would normally receive in that period.
Of those new people, some 60 to 70 will be judged a good match and have some of their marrow used in a transplant.
Roberts will receive a a bone marrow transplant from hier sister his fall.
She said, "When I received this latest disappointment I did not know what the message would be, and now I do."