You Can BE THE MATCH! Join the Blood & Marrow Registry
After battling cancer twice, All Children's Hospital patient Mary Lumapas received a lifesaving marrow transplant. But it wasn't easy finding a match. No one in her family could provide the lifesaving marrow. After the National Marrow Donor Program exhausted its registry of potential American donors, they helped Mary locate a match through international donor programs. Every year, thousands of patients like Mary hope for a matching blood or marrow donor to make a lifesaving transplant possible. You might Be The Match.
Be The Match Registry is the new name for the registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program for more than 20 years. Every person who joins increases the odds that patients like Mary find the match they need.
September 7: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. September 28: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. October 5: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, and Sickle Cell Awareness Month---and bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation is an important treatment option for these diseases. All Children's will host many registry sign-up drives throughout the month of September as well as in in early October. During these events the usual $30 registry enrollment fee is being waived, and it is very easy to sign up.
Here's how it works:
1) Join the Registry
You'll complete a short health questionnaire; sign a form stating that you understand what it means to be listed in the registry, and have your cheek swabbed for a sample of cells for tissue typing. You will stay in the registry until you turn 61.
2) Stay Committed and Available
If you are the best match for a recipient, Be the Match will contact you to ask if you are willing to donate. You will participate in an information session and receive a physical. The chance that you will be selected to donate blood stem cells depends on your tissue type.
3) Donating Peripheral Blood Stem Cells or Bone Marrow
The patient's doctor chooses one of the following donation methods, depending on the patient's needs:
Peripheral Blood Stem Cell donation-the most common method
This is a non-surgical procedure similar to donating blood. Donors return to their normal routine in 1 or 2 days.
Bone Marrow Donation
In a brief surgical procedure, the donor is given anesthesia and a needle is used to withdraw liquid marrow from the hipbone. The marrow replaces itself within 3 weeks, and donors return to normal activities in 2 to 7 days.