The process is simple, painless and quick. A cheek swab is taken, tested and then entered into the nationwide database. Thousands of patients are waiting for a bone marrow donor match and you could help save a life.
More information available by calling Mark Allen at 208-381-3109 or visit www.marrow.org
I hope to see you there!
BOISE’S LAST BONE MARROW DONOR DRIVE
TO BE HELD AUGUST 9 AT CITY HALL
Boise’s last locally-sponsored bone marrow donor drive will be held Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the Boise City Hall Plaza from 9am-4pm and will be FREE to the public. Participants wishing to help save a person’s life need only show up and undergo a simple cheek swab to be entered into the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.
The event is being sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Cancer Center and St. Luke’s MSTI, the National Donor Marrow Program, Inland Northwest Blood Center, and Group One Real Estate.
Saint Alphonsus Marrow Donor Registry closed its doors in April of this year, while St. Luke’s MSTI Marrow Donor Center will end operations in September. The decision to close the donor centers in Idaho was due to new national recruitment quotas and other requirements mandated by the National Marrow Donor Program. The donors recruited by both programs will be transferred to and managed by the Inland Northwest Blood Center in Spokane.
The August 9 drive is being held in honor of Shannah Hadley, a young Treasure Valley wife and mother of two girls who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (a type of blood cancer) just two months ago.
There are currently over 6,000 men, women and children across the United States waiting for a bone marrow donor match to save their lives. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.
City Hall was selected as the location due to Mayor David Bieter’s support of bone marrow donation programs. In 2003, Mayor Bieter saved the life of a Florida donor by successfully donating his bone marrow. “I found donating to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said Mayor Bieter. “Having gone through the entire process I can tell you it is much easier than you would expect. I strongly encourage every one to make time to get registered at City Hall on August 9.”
For additional information or to join the National Registry if you’re not able to participate on August 9, 2008 please go to www.marrow.org
For additional information about the August 9th Boise’s Last Bone Marrow Drive please contact Carey Farmer at 724-4062.
For additional information about local bone marrow donation please contact Call Mark Allen at MSTI at 381.3109