"Be the Match" blood and marrow registry drive Wednesday, December 29th in Falmouth

Falmouth Hospital supports local cancer patient 

Residents encouraged to join Be The Match® at blood & marrow registry drive

Falmouth Hospital is asking local residents to help save a life. On December 29th, the hospital is hosting a blood & marrow donor registry drive to raise awareness about the need for blood & marrow donors. Potential donors can take the first step to save a life between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Faxon Center at the hospital at 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA.

Annually 10,000 new patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a matching marrow donor who will save their life. East Falmouth resident Linda Sanicki, 67, is an example of one those patients. Linda, a retired Bourne school teacher, is fighting her second battle with cancer. After surviving breast cancer in 2008, she was recently diagnosed with leukemia; her only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Linda is currently undergoing treatment; she has received several blood transfusions.

It costs about $100 to add each potential marrow donor to the Be The Match registry.  Typing costs for this drive will be covered by health insurance and Michael’s Fund of Fall River. There will be no out of pocket expense for anyone wishing to the join the registry.

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s Marrow Donor Program is working with Falmouth Hospital to host this event. The Rhode Island Blood Center is a donor center for Be The Match, involved in recruiting marrow donors and facilitating donations throughout New England. Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. For more information, visit www.bethematch.org or call 800-283-8385.  

Michael’s Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help adults & children survive cancer through marrow transplants. The organization was founded by family members of Michael Wrobel who in 1996, at the age of 11, lost his battle with lymphoma when a matching donor could not be found. The organization provides funds that enable the RI Blood Center to add more marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry thus increasing the number of donors available to patients.  Since 1996 Michael’s Fund has supported over 800 marrow drives, contributed over $360,000 to add over 30,000 donors to the Registry. 

Courtesy of Cape Cod Healthcare.

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