11/8/12 9:00 AM
The Ohio Machine and Midwest Lacrosse are teaming up with Match4Kim and Be The Match to host a bone marrow drive on Saturday, November 17, from 12-3 p.m. to help grow the registry and find matches for local lacrosse mom Kim Roper and the 10,000+ patients still waiting for a donor.
Come out on November 17 to meet Ohio Machine players and win prizes being raffled off throughout the afternoon, including tickets to the 2013 home opener, team autographed memorabilia and tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and COSI. The Machine will also be donating $10 for every season ticket purchased at the event on November 17 to Be The Match of the National Marrow Donor Program.
All that is asked on Saturday of you is to come, get swabbed and have fun….that’s it! Takes only five minutes for the entire process and no pain involved!
More than 10,000 patients sit on the waiting list for a bone marrow donor, including Kim who is a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer patient. Finding a donor who is a match to Kim is essential in her recovery process, as the fast-growing cancer may possibly be cured with the help of a bone marrow transplant.
People between the ages of 18 and 44 are particularly encouraged to donate. More than 90% of the time doctors choose registry members between the ages 18-44. Doctors choose donors based on what is best for their patient. Research shows that cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants but EVERYONE is welcomed and needed!
By becoming a registered member in the national registry, you are giving patients of various diseases the hope of recovery. In addition to Lymphoma, bone marrow transplants are needed for Leukemia patients and victims of immune diseases and other genetic disorders. On average one in every 540 members of Be The Match Registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to a patient in need.
Click here to download a flyer about the event and share with your family and friends to spread the word! Get Swabbed, Save a Life!