Events Listings: "Be the Match" National Bone Marrow Registry Drive
"Be the Match" National Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Date: October 28, 2013 - October 29, 2013
Location: Rogers Student Center, Genecov, Jenkins and Pirtle
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sign up to be a potential donor by joining the Be The Match registry. No cost. No blood drawn---only a cheek swab.
Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell. Bone marrow transplants are a life-saving treatment for these diseases. However, 4 out of 10 patients will never receive a transplant. You can do something to change this. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 that meets the general health requirements can sign up to be a potential donor by joining the Be The Match registry. No cost. No blood drawn---only a cheek swab.
Registry can be found in the following locations:
- Rogers: Information center
- Genecov: mezzanine
- Jenkins: east side of front lobby
- Pirtle: 2nd floor lobby
During this five-minute process no blood is taken, and people complete a simple health screening and a simple cheek swab. Doctors around the world search the registry to find a match for their patients. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed.
About 1 in 540 members of the Be The Match Registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) to a patient. Doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group 90 percent of the time. That's because research shows cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants. You may never be identified as a match for someone, or you might be one of a number of potential matches. But you may also be the only one on the registry who can save a particular patient's life. After being on the registry since 2004, Dale Cates, TJC biology professor, was a donor this past September at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. His recipient was a 58 year old woman suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Spain.