CHICAGO (WLS) -- As the world was in the middle of the pandemic, Kat Mena wanted to take control of something. Her cousin was trying to get people to sign up for the Be the Match Bone Marrow registry. On Election Day, she decided to sign up.
"I decided that I would take something into my own hands and I joined the registry," said Mena.
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360 days later, she got a call. She was a match for a man with a rare blood cancer. Additional tests showed she was the best match and she was able to donate.
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"The actual process is not as painful as I think it might of used to be," said Mena. "You feel a little achy but nothing that's worse than a headache."
Mena posted about her story on LinkedIn and has helped to inspire others to donate.
"I've had so many friends join the registry now and everyone's just excited because it's an awesome experience to be able to save someone's life," said Mena.
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It's been a year since her donation. Mena is hoping that she'll be able to meet the recipient.
You can sign up to donate here.