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.