Be The Match

April 2, 2013 | 8:00am – 3:30pm | Grand River Room | Kirkhof Center | Allendale, MI

The cure for blood cancer looks just like you.

With a few cheek swabs, you could have the opportunity to save someone’s life.  ASU is hosting a Be The Match registry on Tuesday, April 2 for patients that are searching for a bone marrow or blood stem cell donor in order to obtain the life-saving transplant they require for a cure.

be the match

These are patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle-cell anemia, or one of over 70 other blood disorders and cancers. When a patient is left without a matching donor in their family, they turn to the registry to find an unrelated volunteer donor, generous enough to save their life. What you need to know:

  • ·   Joining the registry is easy and pain free.
  • ·  Only 1 in 540 registry members will go on to donate. Most have done all they can just by joining.
  • ·  For that 1 in 540 people, donation is not what you might think. Almost 80% of our donors give non-surgically, which is a faster and “less scary” process.
  • ·  Despite 10.5 million registry members, only 4 in 10 patients that turn to the registry find their match.

Many patients turn to the registry and come up empty-handed. We can help change that.

Donors are more likely to find a match with someone of their same ethnic background. For minority patients, this is a challenge. Why? The registry is over 70% Caucasian. This gives minority patients a smaller donor pool to draw from and a lesser chance at finding a match. We are striving to reach all of the culturally-focused groups on campus and in the community to share this message and help bring diversity to the registry to better serve minority patients. Check out these Vital Statistics for more information. 

What are we looking for from you? To help promote the event, attend at the event, volunteer at the event (if interested), and to provide your support!

You are encouraged you to watch these videos. Be The Match has been in the news several times in the last few weeks, highlighting the stories of several of our life-saving donors and their recipients, such as Jason Walcott and Maddie Tomasko and Josh Miller.

Please, do not hesitate to leave a comment or e-mail asu@mail.gvsu.edu for more questions. We hope to see you at our event!

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