From Kirby Sokolow ’14:
Wesleyan invites you to help save a life with a simple cheek swab sample.
Will you give 15 minutes of your time to help someone in need?
Every year 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant using blood stem cells from a caring stranger. At Wesleyan University on Friday, December 7 from 11am-4pm in the Usdan University Center, Room 110; learn how you can save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry. Become a marrow donor with some simple paperwork and a cheek swab sample-it takes only 15 minutes! You must be 18-44 years old and in good health. If you later match a patient, most donations can be made through an automated blood donation. Visit Be The Matchto learn more or watch our video.
Registration fees are covered by health insurance or Michael’s Fund of Fall River, MA. Please bring your health insurance card with you if possible. There is not out of pocket expense to anyone wishing to join the registry.
You have the power to heal, the power to save a life!
Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110
Kirby Sokolow ’14 sends in this plea:
Wesleyan AMSA will be holding a registration drive for the Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry next Friday, December 7th and is in need of volunteers! We will be holding an informational meeting on volunteering: Tuesday, December 4th at 7:15 pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 112.
Every year 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant using blood stem cells from a caring stranger. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, feel free to contact Kirby Sokolow ’14 atasokolow(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Luis is a 6 year-old boy, who lives life to the fullest. He loves to dance, sing and play with his siblings at the park. Life for Luis was just beginning to take off the summer of 2009 when he went to school for the first time; however, September 2009, Luis was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. Since then Luis has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Now his only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant, but there simply aren’t enough donors.
Luis needs to find a match. You could be the gift of life for him. Take a little bit of your time to give Luis an entire lifetime! Become a lifesaver at Wesleyan!
Date: Friday, December 2
Time: 1:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Place: Usdan Room 110
Link: become a bone marrow donor
Stop by the Bone Marrow Registry Drive today at Usdan:
Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) are given to patients with malfunctioning or diseased blood and immune systems. Donors for a patient are chosen based on tissue typing – matching certain blood proteins. Because tissue type is ethnic-specific, patients of mixed heritage are at a serious disadvantage.
Only 2% of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)’s donor pool is of mixed heritage. For a mixed heritage patient to find a donor with the same tissue type (i.e. the EXACT SAME racial/ethnic makeup) and blood type is nearly impossible. Similarly, ethnic minorities make up only 25% of the donor pool. Non-white patients with blood and immune diseases are at a terrible disadvantage.
Because of this, MIX & Shakti are co-hosting a bone marrow REGISTRY drive, specifically targeting donors of color and mixed heritage. To register, you need only fill out medical paperwork and swab the inside of your cheeks with
an oversize Q-tip. The drive will be TUESDAY, MARCH 30, from 12-4PM in USDAN 110. You could save someone’s life.
Date: Tuesday, March 30
Time: Noon – 4:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110