National Marrow Donor Drive
Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Main
July 30, 2009 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
and blood cell transplants are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other
life-threatening blood diseases. Each
year more than 30,000 children and adults will be diagnosed with diseases
for which a bone marrow transplant is the only chance for cure.
Only 30% will find a matching donor within their family.
can help share life by becoming a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell
transplant involves replacing the patient’s bone marrow with healthy new
blood forming cells. Someone
whose tissue type matches the patients must be found.
Meet the criteria to become a donor: Age
between 18 – 60 years and
history of cancer, diabetes or heart problems.
simple swab of the inside of your cheek will give the necessary tissue
typing information. This is
then put into the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) computerized registry
that records individuals who have agreed to join the registry and
potentially donate marrow or stem cells.
From here we are able to “match” potential donors with patients
you are found to be a match you will receive a call explaining the process
for donating the marrow for the patient.
The donor does not have to travel to where the patient lives, as
donation can be done locally.
screening is FREE at this drive, cost is covered by the National Marrow
consider helping to save a life by becoming a donor.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help please
feel free to call the event coordinators Terrie Carbone at 845-8011 or Sue
Paprocki of the National Marrow Donor Program at 1-888-298-6571 ext 101 or