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Help Save a Life - Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive Sept. 2 at the Karmanos Cancer Center

Friday, September 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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DETROIT, Aug. 25 Everyone can help save a life by taking a simple test to register as a potential bone marrow donor.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, in collaboration with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), will host a donor registry drive to increase participation in the Be The Match Registry, operated by the NMDP.

Every year, more than 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated donor or cord blood unit. Most people in need of a transplant, about 70 percent, do not have a matching donor within their family. They depend on the Be The Match Registry - the world's largest and most diverse registry of potential volunteer adult marrow donors and donated cord blood - to find a matched unrelated donor. While many patients do find a life-saving match, more donors are needed, especially those from racially and ethnically diverse communities, to be able to help all patients.

The Karmanos Cancer Center has been on the forefront of cancer research and care, creating its Bone Marrow Treatment Program in 1980. Karmanos also operates the J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank, one of the highest inventories of minority cord blood units listed within the Be The Match Registry. More than 260 bone marrow and cord blood transplants took place at Karmanos last year alone, and yet thousands of other critically ill people of all ages wait and hope for a bone marrow or cord blood match to save their life.

If more people join the Be The Match Registry more lives could be saved. You can help!

WHAT: Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 2

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, first floor Wertz Classroom

4100 John R, (between E. Warren and Mack Ave.)

Detroit, MI 48201

Parking will be validated for participants parking at the Karmanos Cancer Center valet parking area only.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

To be a member of the Be The Match Registry, participants will go through a health history form and take a swab of cheek cells. Each person's information is coded for confidentiality. The NMDP will contact volunteer participants if they are a potential match for a searching patient and coordinate further testing and information sessions. Every person who joins the registry gives patients hope, and new patient searches begin every day.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Eligible participants need to be between the ages of 18 - 60, in general good health and willing to donate to any patient in need.

HOW TO HELP:

Join the Be The Match Registry on Sept. 2. You do not need to make a reservation. If you are not able to come but would like more information about the Be The Match Registry and ways to get involved, call 313-494-2809 or visit BeTheMatch.org to join online. Everyone can help save lives.

For more information on the Be The Match Registry call 313-494-2809 or visit BeTheMatch.org. For more information on the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center's Bone Marrow Program or Karmanos' J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank, call 1-800-KARMANOS or visit www.karmanos.org.

About the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and Be The Match

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) operates the Be The Match Registry and partners with a global network of leading hospitals, blood centers, public cord blood banks and laboratories. As a leader in the field of bone marrow and cord blood transplantation, the NMDP facilitates transplants worldwide, conducts research to improve survival and quality of life, and provides education and support services to patients and health care professionals. Together with its fundraising partner, Be The Match Foundation, the NMDP is dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the transplant therapy they need. Since operations began in 1987, the NMDP has provided more than 35,000 transplants to help give patients a second chance at life. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center

Located in mid-town Detroit, MI, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.

SOURCE Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
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