Giving bone marrow is something that I suspect can only be described as "unpleasant." You are undergoing a surgical procedure that removes necessary tissue from your body at no medical benefit to you; in fact, you're weak and in pain for weeks afterwrads. In the case of these drives, it is to help a complete stranger. (If I give bone marrow, it would be to someone I know- and on the flip side, there would be no question in such a case should it ever be needed. I'd do it if I match. Maybe I'm cold, evil, heartless, asympathetic and self-centered to not want to go through such a trial for someone I don't know in the slightest; if that's the case, so be it.) Now just participating in this drive doesn't immediately claim your marrow; it just puts you through a blood test and adds you to the system so they can pester you if they find someone who needs you. And really, it's a noble act: even to make the offer to so badly hurt and inconvinience yourself for the life of a complete stranger. Anyway, whether you actually wind up donating marrow or not, I consider blood testing to be rather unpleasant; they're shoving a fucking needle in your arm and sucking out your blood like some sort of big mechanical mosquito.
And what do you get for undergoing this naturally semi-invasive test and offer of extremely invasive surgery for the sake of another? A $25.00 bill.
No, not as in a twenty and a five added to your wallet. As in, a twenty and a five subtracted from your wallet. These genuses are actually charging money to people who do this. It's advertised on every flyer that there is a fee associated with this.
Think about this for a minute. They are trying to convince people to potentially undergo a painful operation that helps them in no way whatsoever. At the immediate time, they are stabbing you with a pointy object and sucking out some of your blood. And they're charging YOU money for the experience? Shit, if they had me doing this, I'd want to be given twenty-five bucks, not docked for it!
The girl who asked me if I wanted to be a marrow donor was mystified as to the extremely low percentage of volunteers. She couldn't understand it...