January 11, 2011 > Be the match - Make a difference - You can save a life
Be the match - Make a difference - You can save a life
Submitted By Pravena Raman
Friends of a long-time local resident and physician are asking for your help! He needs a stem cell transplant for a blood disorder that may take his life. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to get a cheek swab and register your information!
You, your friends, your family, a q-tip and a few of your cheek cells can help save a life. Simple enough, right?
The tricky part is finding a match. With the right match, the recipient has a decent chance of surviving. Without a match, the patient dies. Finding the best match involves many points, it's not as simple as one of a few blood types so having lots of donors is very important. When there is not a family member who is a match, and we don't have one, the Bone Marrow Donor Registry is the next step.
Time is running out!
Donating bone marrow is actually a lot easier now... It used to be that a bone marrow transplant involved a major operation and was painful. Not so anymore. In most cases it's as simple as giving blood from which the needed cells are extracted.
For those unable to attend, a kit can be ordered through http://join.bethematch.org/pleasehelp
Please enter the code "pleasehelp" when you log on to the website and order your kit. The promo code box is the last box on the page of "step 4: Order Kit". It will expedite the sample typing process and will give an anonymous count of how many people have been screened though our efforts.
Thank you so much!
Bone Marrow Testing
Monday, January 17th
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
3200 Kearney Street, Fremont
Building 2--1st floor auditorium
Please note that you have to be between the ages of 18 and 60 to become a donor.