The answer to the question is that most people will and do. The help comes in many forms; meals for a family in the neighborhood going through a death or sickness, money in the church collection plate, helping an elderly neighbor with outdoor chores or project, giving a dollar or five to the homeless person on the street. We would like to bring your focus on another way to help. The sick will always be with us, but their battle with disease does not need to be theirs alone. Each year the American Red Cross puts out “emergency need” of “critical shortages” in the blood supply and asks donors to please come in and donate. This simple act can reach as many as three other people with this one donation and might even be life-changing. You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood (that would be six donations each year) and 16 weeks (112 days) between Power Red donations (that is three donations per year). Platelet donors may give every seven days up to 24 times per year. The problem is not enough of us participate and the NEED does not go away. A second way to help is registering with Be the Match for a cancer patient in need. If you, or a friend you know, is between 18 and 44 years old the Be the Match National Bone Marrow registry is looking for you and them. The registry looks for “matches” for cancer patients to help them in their fight with cancer. Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a fully matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 66-97%.