TODAY: Marrow Registry Drive in honor of Alexes Harris!

There is a cure for cancer… and it could be YOU.

 Registry Drive in Honor of Alexes Harris

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This Thursday (TODAY), December 1st

HUB: Room 340: 11 am to 3 pm

Message from Dr. Harris: 

Umbilical cord (my treatment) is the next wave of stem cell transplant, but the current gold star is still having a matched related or un-related donor. This is why we are organizing a national bone marrow donation registry campaign. I wanted to make my cancer matter, so my great friends stepped in to make this happen. I didn’t want people to have to wait like I did or make the hard decision their treatment. If we can help one person with a match today we made a difference. Our goal is to have 4,000 new people registered by this effort.

Can’t come to the drive but still want to join? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

BE THE MATCH: Saving Lives Through Cellular Therapy 

For thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases, a cure exists. Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Each year, 14,000 patients, a marrow transplant is the best hope for survival. Seventy percent of patients do not have a donor in their family, they depend on Be The Match–the world’s largest and most diverse registry. Be The Match is a community of millions of volunteers standing by, ready to say YES if their marrow is determined to be the best match for a patient. 

To join, people must meet age (18-44) and health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Registration takes just a few minutes and involves completing a consent form and giving a swab of cheek cells. More young people of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed to help patients searching for a match.

Matching the tissue types of patients to donors is a complex process, far more complex than matching blood types. Patients are most likely to match the tissue type of someone who shares their racial and ethnic heritage. People between the ages of 18 and 44 are requested by transplant donors 90 percent of the time. Research shows that younger donors provide the greatest chance for transplant success.

Questions? Click here for answers

 

 

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