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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont

 

Be the Match Marrow Donor Registry

Opportunity to join the Be The Match Marrow Donor registry at VA Medical Center

What if you could save the life of someone battling leukemia, lymphoma or other blood diseases? Someone like Bill Clements, a 65 year old Vietnam veteran from Abington, Massachusetts. Bill’s life changed drastically in March 2013 when he was diagnosed with Myleodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a condition in which the blood forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged. A father of 3 and grandfather of 5, Bill is currently being treated at Dana Farber in Boston and his only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. Neither of his brothers were a match. Now his doctors are searching the Be The Match Registry in hopes of finding a suitable and willing donor. At this time, no one has been identified. You could be the one to give Bill more years with Noreen, his wife of 42 years.

Community members are invited to join the Be The Match marrow donor registry and be the cure for patients, like Bill, in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant by attending the marrow donor registration drive at the VA Medical Center on Friday, October 3rd from 9am-2pm.

• Registration is simple, requiring only paperwork and a cheek swab. No blood is taken at registration.

• You must be between the ages of 18 and 44, in good general health and willing to donate to any person you may match to join the registry.

• There is no out of pocket cost to join the Registry. While it costs about $100 to add each new donor to the registry, our program fundraises throughout the year to cover this cost. Donations are always greatly appreciated, but are never required. 

• Certain medical conditions will make you ineligible to join the registry. Please contact Kerry Ellis at 802-747-8667 or kellis@rrmc.org with eligibility questions.

Every day thousands of patients who need a life-saving marrow or blood stem cell transplant are searching for a matching donor. There are more than 20 million donors worldwide who stand ready to give someone a future, yet even with a registry of millions, there are patients waiting and hoping, unable to find a match.

A marrow or blood stem cell transplant is a way to treat and possibly cure people with leukemia, lymphoma and other deadly diseases. Patients in need of a marrow or blood stem cell transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity.

Donation, if you match, is typically done through an automated blood donation (75% of the time) or a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia (25%).
 
WHEN/WHERE:
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
VA Medical Center
163 Veterans Drive
Building 44, Room 103
White River Junction, VT

CONTACT:
Kerry Ellis, Program Coordinator
Marrow Donor Program at Rutland Regional Medical Center
Phone: 802-747-8667    
Email: kellis@rrmc.org

 
BACKGROUND:
About Be The Match: Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Be The Match facilitates unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplants as a single point of access for a long-standing collaborative network of national and international leading medical facilities in marrow and cord blood transplantation. Be The Match connects patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives. For more information call 1 (800) MARROW-2 or visit www.BeTheMatch.orgLearn more »

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