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Save a Life — Be the Match at Our Upcoming Event


be-the-matchEvery year, thousands of people are diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Fortunately, there is a cure, and it lies in the hands of ordinary people.

A bone marrow transplant can help those suffering from blood cancer and is currently the only cure for the disease. Seventy percent of patients are unable to find a bone marrow match within their family and must turn to a registry. Be the Match is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through marrow and cord blood transplantation. Fisher-Titus is joining forces with Be the Match to host a fundraiser and match registration event that will be open to the community on Friday, June 24. The event will be from 6:30-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Fisher-Titus Ghrist Room, located in the Fisher-Titus Patient Pavilion, Parking Lot C.

Determining bone marrow matches is as simple and painless as completing an application and providing a few swabs from inside your cheek, which is then sealed and turned in to Be the Match for processing. There are no blood draws or pokes at registration, but if you are found to be a match, you will be asked if you can give blood or bone marrow at a later date.

You must be between the ages of 18-44 to join the bone marrow transplant registry, and you will remain in the registry until you are 61. If you are not qualified due to your age or health history, you can still participate by providing a monetary donation. Contributions to the cause will help to provide financial assistance to patients for the costs of search, prescriptions, transportation and more.

Every week, Be the Match adds 8,000-10,000 new potential donors to the registry, utilizing the highest resolution tissue-typing technology available.

Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. So honor a loved one, help patients in need and be someone’s hero by attending our free event on Friday, June 24!

If you have questions or for more information, contact Valerie Christian at 419-660-2920.