From Diana Lin ’15:
What if 5 minutes of your time meant saving someone’s life? Wesleyan AMSA will be holding a registration drive for the Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry! Every four minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a matched donor in their family. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry® tofind a match to save their life.
Although the chances of matching are 1/540 (or .002%), in the past three years we’ve held this drive at Wesleyan, we have found TWO successful matches and TWO lives were saved as a result. Joining the registry is only paper work and a cheek swab– no bone marrow donations will be taken at the drive. Most donations are non-invasive and non-surgical: they are performed through PBSC donation which involves removing blood from the arm. You can find out what it means to join the registry by stopping by the drive and you can find additional information on the Be the Match website, here!
If you have any questions about participating, feel free to contact Tae Hee Kim at tkim03(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, Hea-Ream Lee at hlee07(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, Diana Lin at dlin(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or rbhuiya(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Monday, November 17th
Place: Usdan 108