Oak Park student needing bone marrow transplant encourages you to donate

One of our elementary school students has been battling a disease called Severe Aplastic Anemia for the past seven years. This disease causes the bone marrow to stop making enough red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets for the body. The student’s condition has progressed to the point where she needs a bone marrow transplant, and they have been unable to find a donor. In an effort to help find a donor and to increase the number of donors available to other families, please consider adding yourself to the Bone Marrow Registry by offering a cheek swab or blood sample.

Please read the information in the Join the Registry section of http://marrow.org to see if you are eligible to donate and to find out more details on the actual donation process, which varies depending on the need. (You must be between 18-60 and there are medical guidelines to consider.)

Here is the information on the next Bone Marrow Drive, which is at Triton College this Thursday, November 17, 2011:

Triton College
2000 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

Drive Date: November 17, 2011
Drive Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

All you need to do is:

  • Complete a registration form with contact information, health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match Registry. To help you complete the form, bring along:
    • Personal identification (such as a driver’s license or passport)
    • Contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes.
  • Give either a swab of cheek cells or a blood sample to be tissue-typed. They will use the results to match you to patients.

That’s it! You’ll be listed on the registry where patients turn to when they need a matching donor.

The following link will let you find a drive closer to your work, school, family and friends who are not around or live out of town. It also gives more information on the process of donating the bone marrow itself. http://marrow.org/Join/Join_in_Person/Join_in_Person.aspx

Thank you for considering this life-saving donation.

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