Robin Roberts' impact on the bone marrow transplant community

Donors and recipients of bone marrow discuss the legacy that the "GMA" anchor has had on their lives, as she has openly discussed her health battle.
3:49 | 09/20/17

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figure out the couch. We are also not only celebrating today but looking at the inspiration, the difference that this has made over the last five years. And robin, you have made quite the difference, of course, for so many people. You've obviously inspired people to be the match and they say now because you shared your story, we actually have the numbers here. More than 18,000 people joined that registry of be the match and 173 of those people actually went on to become donors. 173 lives saved from be the match. It is so important for everybody out there to sign up to be a donor because every three minutes somebody is diagnosed with a blood cancer every three minutes so this is so important and, robin, I mean echoing that, thank you. Thank you, Michael. Thank you all. For bringing awareness to so many out there. You've saved lives. Sally-ann, a big part of this. I know a lot of people are scared to donate their bone marrow. They think it's going to hurt. What is your advice to those people thinking I'd like to but I don't know if I can do it. There is nothing to be afraid of. It is easy, it did not hurt and if you have the privilege of being a donor, just consider it winning the Powerball because there's no award that can top seeing a life saved. We saw A.J. Saved by Alex. And my sister is alive, A.J. Is alive because of people who stand up, be a donor. My sister is proof. A.J. Is proof that this works. You know what, her DNA is now coarsing through my veins. Along with her sweettooth and her allergies, I'm grateful. You talk about stand up. There are a lot of donors that are here in our audience right now. So, sally-ann, you stand up and stand up with them. If you are a donor here in our audience, please stand. We also have some people here who have -- if you've received a transplant and some are still searching for a match so if you received a transplant or searching for a match, please stand up. The nurses and the physicians' assistant, anyone who helped with bone marrow transplant patients, would you all please stand up and be recognized. Thank you. I want to mention something because my doctors and you saw Sergio ralt with the bow tie. You know him so very well and Gail Robos is getting an award in Poland and couldn't be here today. That's the work she's doing all around the world. You've right about the doctor, nurses, technician, it goes on and on and especially nurses are at the front line, unsung heroes and angels, so very grateful to them and we know you caregiver, you've been wonderful, amber. You don't know how difficult this is for her. She loves to be behind the scenes. She's the wind beneath my wings and for you being the caregiver. Do we have others here? Do we know the care givers?

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