Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015
Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren Cancer Center will host a Marrow Donor Registry Drive, on Friday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The drive will benefit patients suffering from various blood cancers and diseases, like leukemia and sickle cell anemia, who are in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and their only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. The National Marrow Donor Program benefits the thousands who suffer from blood cancers and diseases by finding a donor match through their “Be the Match Registry.”
“We’re so excited to host this registry to spread the word about the importance and need for bone marrow donors,” said Dr. Melissa Dillmon, chairman of the oncology department at Harbin Clinic Cancer Center. “This drive is an amazing way to give our patients and patients nationwide the transplants they need.”
In order to join the registry, individuals need to be between the ages of 18 and 44, willing to donate to any patient in need and meet the health guidelines. If you are over the age of 44, and still wish to join the registry you must use an online code to join online instead of at the drive and pay the $100 it costs for us to add someone to the registry. There will be a donor drive at Harbin Clinic on 9/11. All members of the community are encouraged to participate in the drive. The registration is fast and painless, with only a cotton swab needed from registrants to see if they are a match.
For more information on the health guidelines or donor donations visit bethematch.org or call 1.800.627.7692.