Bone Marrow Registry Drive- Dwntwn Chicago
Are YOU ready to save a life? Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer or illness that needs a lifesaving transplant. 70% of patients don't have a family match and depend on the national bone marrow registry to find a match! Donating bone marrow is free of risks, and usually painless. YOU are the cure, and we need your help.
Please join us Friday, March 24th at Compass Lexecon Suite 1450 in Chicago for a #MarrowMeCara a bone marrow donor registry drive.
Registering to be a donor is safe/ easy, and only requires a swab of the mouth with a Q-tip. Registering takes about 10 minutes. Being a bone marrow donor is an important commitment, so please make sure to read below for more details.
Here's what you need to know to register...
- Ages 18-44
- Willing to donate and save the life of *anyone* in the registry
- 1 in 480 chance you will be matched and called to donate
-In general, must be free of any personal history of certain types of cancer, insulin-dependent diabetes or heart disease, but each registrant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
-Able to provide personal information/ detailed medical history including medications
If you are identified as a match...
Bone marrow transplants are quite simple and painless for the donor.
-A 30 to 40 hour time commitment is required and spread over a four to six week period to answer emails, phone meetings, and attend appointments and donate.
-About 80% of the time, donation only requires Peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is a non-surgical procedure (similar to donating blood).
-About 20% of the time, actual marrow is required where a small amount of liquid marrow is withdrawn from the back of the pelvic bone while under anesthesia. The body regenerates within 3-6 weeks.
-After either procedure, the donor is back to full capacity after a few days. The biggest complaint is achiness after the procedure. That's all it takes to be a hero and save a life.
Hear from a donor here:
Read more here:
Cara is a 2013 DePaul graduate who has been teaching in South Korea for the past 3 years. After a few months of not feeling well, her ankles swelled and she lost all energy to do basic everyday tasks. Soon after a checkup at the doctor, Cara was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease called APLASTIC ANEMIA. It's a rare disorder where your bone marrow doesn't produce enough blood cells and attacks itself. The only cure for Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow transplant.
Cara has moved back to Chicago and is undergoing treatment. Unfortunately, Cara is like 70% of other patients and does not have a transplant match in her family. Could you be her match??
"Marrow Me Cara" was created by Cara and her family to raise awareness about bone marrow diseases, the importance of joining the registry, and to dismantle the fear of becoming a donor. Please join us!
Can't make it, but want to help???
That's okay! You can help in these ways...
-SHARE our events with your FB friends. Get the word out!
-HOST a future donor drive. We just need a table and chairs!
-SIGN UP online here-