Bone Marrow Drive Friday June 29! Boise, ID
Simple cheek swab, some paperwork and you are on your way.
I think a lot of us in the Treasure Valley could tell personal stories about family or friends that have or are suffering from leukemia, an immune disease or other genetic disorder that may require a bone marrow or cord cell transplant.
After conquering and beating breast cancer, my dear friend Charline was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Looking for a donor for a bone marrow transplant, the doctors immediately went to her sister and she was not a match. Although many extended family members and friends were willing to be tested, a patient must go through the transplant registry to be in line for a donation. For instance, even if I was a match to Charline, I could not donate directly to her. You have to be in the registry and your donation goes to whoever is the next match in line. This is a VERY important thing to understand. We need more people on the registry so the people who need transplants move up the line quickly! Charline waited two months for a match and is currently being monitored after her transplant. We are cheering her on as she continues to battle through this horrible disease.
Bone Marrow Drive:
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus, Boise (Curtis Rd – go in main entrance)
Age: 18 to 60
Katy Moeller wrote an article about this yesterday June 25 in the Statesman. Please see the link below to read the story:
What happens if you join the registry and you match someone needing a transplant? You will be interviewed to make sure you still want to donate.
There are two ways now that you may be asked to donate;
1. Peripheral Blood Cell donation – involves removing blood from the donors arm with a needle, taking out the PBSC’s and returning your own blood to you.
2. Bone Marrow donation – a surgical procedure where a needle is used to withdraw marrow from you pelvic bone. Anesthesia is used. If you match a patient, you will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (known as PBSC donation). Understanding the donation process will help you be ready to donate.
To find out more about the process, please visit www.marrow.org
Posted on June 26, 2012, in boise idaho activities, Boise Non-Profit Organizations and tagged Be the Match, Blood Cancers, Blood Marrow Drive Boise, Bone Marrow Transplant, leukemia. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.