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February 10, 2012  RSS feed
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Charity seeks bone marrow matches

Cancer is a random killer. It can strike any of us at any time. For many patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic diseases, there is hope of a cure through a bone marrow transplant. That is, of course, if a matching donor can be found.

Seventeen-year-old Amy has chronic myelogenous leukemia and is need of a donor so she can receive the transplant that can save her life. So far, no match has been found. Tissue type is inherited, like eye or hair color. Amy’s best chance of finding a genetic match lies with donors or Eastern European Jewish descent, but volunteers of all backgrounds are encouraged to join the donor registry.

The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, in conjunction with USF Hillel, will be hosting a donor recruitment drive on Monday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center and Tuesday, Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at USF Hillel (13101 Sycamore Drive across from the football practice fields), and Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USF Marshall Student Center Bull Market.

You can find out if you are a match for Amy and countless other children and adults by joining Gift of Life, an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program and the worldwide donor registry. Testing is fast and painless, involving only a simple cheek swab. USF Medical School students will perform the swab. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and in general good health. The goal for this drive is to find 100 new donors.

It is reported that one in 200 Americans will receive a transplant with marrow, blood stem cells or cord blood in their lifetime. One in 400 will require cells from another person (a donor). Only 30 percent of patients have a relative who is a match. The rest must search the unrelated donor pool. There is an urgent need to grow the registry of potential donors so that all patients have an equal opportunity to receive a transplant.

For information or to schedule interviews, call 1- 800- 9MARROW or visit www.giftoflife.org. Gift of Life’s vision is a match for anyone in need of a donor, whenever they may need one. No patient should die needlessly for lack of a donor.


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