Finding ways to express your gratitude: When you want to thank your donor

Posted August 13th, 2013 by Be The Match and filed in News, Patient Stories
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Clara photo with captionI have no idea how to thank you or how to really begin the conversation with you … It’s kind of impossible to truly express our gratitude … You made a choice that many  people don’t make. Your choice, self-sacrifice and prayers saved our daughter’s life.”

How you choose to thank your donor is a personal decision. Even if a face-to-face meeting is not possible, there are ways to express your gratitude. Just ask Brooke. When her infant daughter Clara received a transplant for AML, she wrote an anonymous note to Clara’s donor.

While Clara and her mom were able to eventually meet her donor, that’s not always the case. “Some donors have personal reasons for choosing to remain anonymous,” said post-·transplant communications liaison Lynne Snediker, Be The Match. “Although in my experience, most requests for direct contact are accepted. If travel expenses, time off work and scheduling conflicts make it difficult to meet face-to-face, phone calls, emails, cards and letters are a great way to make a personal connection. Any heartfelt expression can mean a lot to you and the donor.”

Want to know more about how to contact your donor? Contact your transplant center or visit BeTheMatch/ContactwithDonor.

Read more about Clara meeting her donor.

43 Responses to “Finding ways to express your gratitude: When you want to thank your donor”

  1. Denise Iorio says:

    Great story. Ironically I just met my donor who came over from Germany for a visit first time to US and finally to meet me and my family for the first time. I had a stem cell transplant almost 4 yea rt s ago. I too was writing cards and letters for all that time and was greatful for this lifelong connection.

  2. Brenda Reiner says:

    I just found out who my donor was, he is also from germany. How do I connect with him since I don’t know german? I want to talk to him and thank him.

    • admin says:

      Hi Brenda, great question! If you want to connect with our Patient Services team here at Be The Match we can help answer questions about next steps and provide resources for you. Please call (612) 627-8140 or e-mail patientinfo@nmdp.org

  3. Mike says:

    Another issue that when an international donor or recipient is involved, the policies of the involved country apply. More than a few countries totally prohibit direct donor/recipient contact. A few even prohibit anonymous contact.

  4. bayan escort says:

    Incredible story. Humorously I simply met my contributor who came over from Germany for a visit first time to US and at last to reach me and my family to many people’s surprise. I had an undifferentiated cell transplant just about 4 yea rt s back. I excessively was composition cards and letters for all that time and was greatful for this long lasting association.

  5. escort bayan says:

    Extraordinary story. Unexpectedly I simply met my giver who came over from Germany for a visit first time to US and at long last to reach me and my family shockingly. I had an undifferentiated cell transplant very nearly 4 yea rt s back. I excessively was written work cards and letters for all that time and was greatful for this long lasting association.

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    Another issue that when an international donor or recipient is involved, the policies of the involved country apply. More than a few countries totally prohibit direct donor/recipient contact. A few even prohibit anonymous contact.

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