|ACH Nurse was a Match - You Can Be Too! Join the Blood & Marrow Registry|
Angela Salvatori, an RN at the ACH Outpatient Care Center in Sarasota, signed up as a Be a Match donor over 10 years ago when her church sponsored a drive for a youth member suffering from leukemia. She was surprised when she got a call a few years ago that she had been identified as a match. She was more than happy to help. "It was such a simple thing to do," she said. "I kept thinking, what if it was my family member that needed help?" Every year, people like Angela are helping to make lifesaving transplants possible. You might Be The Match.
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 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:
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.