Windham Hospital to Host “Be the Match” Marrow Drive
Willimantic, CT—Windham Hospital is teaming up with the National Marrow Donor Program and Hartford HealthCare to help give hope to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital will host the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry on Tuesday, April 23 from 11am to 4pm in the Bernard Desrosier room on the third floor of the hospital.
Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow transplant. Doctors search the “Be the Match” registry to find donors who match their patients. If an individual matches a patient, they will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (known as PBSC donation). 70-percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.
In order to join the registry, individuals must:
· Be between the ages of 18 and 44
· Be willing to donate to any patient in need
· Meet the health guidelines
· Keep your contact information current with BeTheMatch.org
· Give a swab of your cheek so your tissue type can be determined
At the drive, individuals will be asked to complete a registration form with their contact information, health history and a signed agreement to join. Registrants are asked to bring their insurance card, as most health insurance carriers will cover tissue typing and processing fees. “Be The Match” has a fund to cover the registry fee if an individual's insurance doesn't cover the program.
For more information, call 855.494.INFO or Cancer Connect 855.255.6181 or visit www.windhamhospital.org.