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On Counter-Productive Fees

So there's a bone marrow drive going on now on campus. You would think the annoyingly frequent blood drives would be bad enough, but now they're not out for your blood. They're out for your bone marrow. They'll make do with your blood for now, though, and they'll see if you're a match (as far as the first test can tell) for anybody in their archive who needs bone marrow. Cool, really; a college is a reasonable place to find reasonably healthy people who can handle the loss of marrow. I chose not to participate; call me a cold heartless evil lizard, but I'm only 17 and there was something else...

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...
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