Monday, 14 November, 2016
Be someone's cure and join the Marrow Registry.
Thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, other blood cancers and severe sickle cell disease depend on the Be the Match Registry to find a donor who can give them the chance for a cure.
The matching process is based on race and DNA, not blood type. Many patients, especially those of diverse ancestry, cannot find a match.
It only takes about 10 minutes and a cheek swab sample to join the registry. If you are a match for someone, there are two ways of donating:
1.) About 77 percent of the time, the donation is done through blood, similar to donating double reds or platelets.
2.) About 23 percent of the time (usually if you match a child), the donation is done through a surgical procedure during which you are under general anesthesia.
The Marrow Registry Drive for those ages 18-44 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in the hospital cafeteria.
The drive is sponsored by SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Saint Louis University Cancer Center.
Unable to attend the drive? Join online here.