The Donor Advocacy Program at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics was created to support the health and well-being of pediatric bone marrow donors.
How the Program Works
When a physician recommends that a young patient's sibling donate bone marrow, the potential donor will be examined by a general pediatrician and interviewed by a Child Life professional who are independent of the transplant team. This process ensures that all potential donors are well informed and that becoming a bone marrow donor is in their best interest.
After the Consultation
The Child Life advocate and pediatrician will work with the medical team on behalf of the prospective donor to address any concerns before the donation process continues.
Other Program Features
- An advocate will remain in contact with families to provide ongoing support following the donation process.
- Our Child Life team specializes in helping children understand and communicate their feelings about the donation process.
- Staff members use books, games, and verbal interactions to help children deal with the stresses of illness and donation process.