PHILLIPS, MINNESOTA ADVOCATES TEAM UP ON PLAN TO PROTECT WORKERS WHO DONATE BONE MARROW, STEM CELLS
In partnership with Minnesota-based Be The Match, Phillips introduces bipartisan legislation that would allow donors to take the time off they need to save lives
Bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants can cure or treat over 75 otherwise fatal diseases or conditions. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family, which is why connecting patients whose survival is dependent on donor cells will require reducing barriers to donation nationwide.
"There is simply no reason anyone should have to choose between saving their job and saving a life,” said Rep. Phillips. “We should do everything we can to support donors’ lives and livelihoods, and ensuring they have the flexibility to take time off without consequence is a fantastic place to start. I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting federal protections for people to say yes to being a lifesaving match for those in need.”
“When donors join the registry, they are committing to save the life of a stranger,” said Amy Ronneberg, CEO of National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be The Match. “Once they get the call, they must be able to say yes without fear of losing their livelihood. We are grateful for the members of Congress who are championing the Life Saving Leave Act, which will help save more lives when it becomes law.”