June 24, 2009


This year's two-week Be The Match Marrowthon successfully registered over 21000 people in the United States - all for free!

US donors are usually asked to pay about $52 as a full price. Actually it costs a total of $100 to register each donor, it's just that part is funded by the registry.

However, there are ways to register for very little or for free every day.
  • In the Canada, the UK, and many other countries, registration is always free.
  • If you are in an ethnic group that is difficult to find matches for, go to a donor center and see if they have funds to cover your registration. They understand the extreme level of difficulty finding a donor match and the severe shortages within certain ethnic groups.
  • Be on the lookout for promotional codes being advertised for patients. These promotions are paid for by the patient, friends and family for a certain amount of people to register for free. Usually this person is in a difficult group to match. If you find a code, please be respectful, and only use it if you are in a same or similar ethnic group.
  • In some areas, you can donate platelets twice to offset the cost of becoming a bone marrow donor. Inquire with your local blood donor centre.
Please keep in mind that even if you pay nothing, it still costs a lot for profile typing. If you aren't eligible, or have the extra funds, consider making a donation to the registry. You may help register someone who saves someone else's life but didn't have the money.

Photo courtesy of Save A Life Network

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March 19, 2009

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
11am - 4:30pm
LUNACON BONE MARROW DRIVE
669 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY

We are not wise, we humankind,
who live a little time and die.
What can we do against the night
but weep, and rage, and question why?
For what are we but bone and blood,
and speaking voice and loving heart?
We share what help and hope we may
Together now, before we part.
But if we do not speak, or love,
or offer blood, or bone, to save
another breathing human life
who'll live to love because we gave...
what are we then but cold, alone,
the chilling blood, the empty bone?

- Jo Walton

This spring at Lunacon, representatives of the New York Blood Center will be running an information table and bone marrow registry drive. Registration itself is simple and painless: all you have to do is swab your cheek and fill out a form. To register you must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in general good health.

More than 35,000 patients per year, many of them children, are diagnosed with diseases treatable by marrow or stem cell transplant. These diseases include leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers and genetic diseases.

Many people do not consider donating because they may not know they can help, but also because they have misconceptions about the donation process. The drive is a great venue for getting your questions answered.

When someone needs a bone marrow transplant and none of their family members are a match, the registry searches for a donor whose tissue type profile is compatible. 70% of people requiring a transplant need an unrelated donor.

A person looking for a stem cell match may find one potential donor in a pool of 20,000, or 1,000,000, or more. The most likely match for someone is a person of the same or a similar ethnic background. No one is guaranteed a match, regardless of background, but ethnic minorities are especially underrepresented and patients have even less chance of
finding a matching donor.

Then they have to hope that person is on the registry. You might be the match necessary to save a life.

Funds were donated to support this drive in memory of Barbara J. Wolfrum.

Thanks to the generosity of the Wolfrum family, 40 people will be able to register at no expense to themselves. Emru and I first became acquainted with Bill's own experience with bone marrow drives, and dealing with his mother's leukemia diagnosis on Shakesville. I have not met Bill yet, but he is my true friend. Here are some posts he made.

My Mom: A strong, brave woman fighting leukemia - can you help?

My Mom whipped me at Scrabble, like she'll whip Leukemia

The Healing of Emru

Emru

Bill's mom passed away on December 31. I was so caught up in my own grief, I somehow missed it. I felt terrible. I don't think very much about what comes next but I can't help picturing Emru and Barbara playing some great rounds of Scrabble together.

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March 6, 2009



You can be the one to help save a life. Jasmina is 6 years old, and looking for a bone marrow donor. She is adopted and black, which means she does not have a family member as a first option, and she is in a donor pool that is severely underrepresented. She is one of thousands of patients every day looking for a donor.

-You can learn more about bone marrow donation. (Start with the facts on the Info tab of the Heal Emru page).

-You can tell others how to help. *** JUST PASS THIS ALONG ***

-If you are eligible you can become a bone marrow donor. You can live in another country- it doesn't matter, as long as there is a registry where you live.

-If you do register, you can tell someone you did.

If you live in New York, there is also a drive tomorrow at PS 41 in NYC.

Hope you can make it! If you can't like me, you can still get registered!

If you can make it, a bone marrow drive is a great place to get questions answered and register easily.

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February 12, 2009

Please consider reposting. Thank you. Do not underestimate the power of making yourself heard.

This is the second US bone marrow drive in which I will assist, and I look forward to meeting you and answering questions. This type of drive is not done in Quebec, despite how effective it can be. A person can match another person anywhere in the world, so off I go.

MAJOR UPDATE 2nd Day Added!
Sunday 10:00am ~ 2:00pm

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
10:00am ~ 6:00pm
Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston
Boskone 46: 2009 Science Fiction Convention

When someone needs a bone marrow transplant and none of their family members are a match, the registry searches for a donor whose tissue type profile is compatible. 70% of people requiring a transplant need an unrelated donor.

We are not wise, we humankind,
who live a little time and die.
What can we do against the night
but weep, and rage, and question why?
For what are we but bone and blood,
and speaking voice and loving heart?
We share what help and hope we may
Together now, before we part.
But if we do not speak, or love,
or offer blood, or bone, to save
another breathing human life
who'll live to love because we gave...
what are we then but cold, alone,
the chilling blood, the empty bone?

- Jo Walton, Boskone 46 Author Guest of Honour


Representatives of the National Marrow Donor Program and volunteers from the fannish community will be running an information table and registry drive. Registration itself is simple and painless: all you have to do is swab your cheek and fill out a form. To register you must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in general good health.

Legislators in several US states have passed laws that make it mandatory for most insurance companies operating in these states to pay the cost of registration. Please bring your health insurance card with you. If you live in RI, NH, or MA you can register at this event at no cost.

More than 35,000 patients per year, many of them children, are diagnosed with diseases treatable by marrow or stem cell transplant. These diseases include leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers and genetic diseases.

A person looking for a stem cell match may find one potential donor in a pool of 20,000, or 1,000,000, or more. The most likely match for someone is a person of the same or a similar ethnic background. No one is guaranteed a match, regardless of background, but ethnic minorities are especially underrepresented and patients have even less chance of finding a matching donor, since ethnicity plays a critical role in increased chnces of matching. Then they have to hope that person is on the registry. You might be the match necessary to save a life.

Many people do not consider donating because they may not know they can help, but also because they have misconceptions about the donation process. The drive is a great venue for getting your questions answered.

The inspiration for this drive is the thousands of people who are waiting on any given day for a donor.


One of them was Emru Townsend, a fan and critic. Instead of writing about animation, comics, and technology, last year he spent his time writing about how people could save his life, or that of someone just like him at healemru.com. This drive is in his memory.

Even if you are not eligible to give blood, you may be eligible to be a bone marrow donor, so please do not select yourself out of the process if you are interested.

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January 25, 2009

So. The bone marrow drive was a complete success.

There were 2000-2200 people estimated to attend Arisia, so we went with 20 people as a reasonable number of registrants. This is something new, and even when reactions are positive, usually only a handful register. For instance, someone in Toronto did and event where 7000 people attended and 200 registered online so they could get their kits at home. This is seen as a success although it is proportionally less than 20 people registering at Arisia. Also, many people in that 200 did not return their swabs.

Seventy-one people registered with no pressure on Saturday. There was almost always someone signing up at the table. There were sometimes 2 people but almost never 3 signing up. This made the event very orderly. The annual blood drive (which also had a record year) was a few tables away, and the fan who runs it also mentioned he has been in the registry for many years. He is also a regular platelet donor.

The Naughty Nurses performed skits on Friday night and on Saturday before other events to highlight the good work being done by the blood drive, and created a skit for marrow as well. Unfortunately, I got tied up and did not get to see it on Friday night (hmph).

Because of the success on Saturday, Darryl from the CRIR returned on Sunday and 19 more people signed up, making a total of 90 new registrants.

I also met quite a few people who were already registered. I met a very nice young woman who donated twice and saved a man's life. I met a teenager that received marrow when she was very young from a relative (unfortunately, her donor died two days later from completely unrelated circumstances, and instead of saying, "Someone saved my life in the nick of time." she had been telling people, "Someone donated to me and died two days later," making them think the donation was the cause - Sigh.)

No one was pressured into signing up. Quite a few people took information and said they did not know enough yet and wanted to learn more after the convention then decide, which is fine by me! Both Hema-Quebec and OneMatch have cited that one of the reasons they do not run drives is that people feel pressured to do it. BS. We told people it was happening, and we told people the facts.

With some preparation and the right materials available at the table, compassionate people came of their free will. The drive took up one table, and in addition to the swab kits and consent forms, a few boxes were brought with sweaters, bags and pins for registrants. I brought my pins and some of my Heal Emru business cards.

My friend Val made this happen and has begun the work for another drive next month at Boskone. She and I will be there, too.

Some people could not be marrow donors, so we directed them to the blood drive if they were eligible, and the blood drive did the same for us. Emru would not have lived to see his transplant if he had not received transfusions to keep him alive. (I say this in addition to ALL the great reasons to give blood).

The event was much more emotional for me than I thought it would be, but it felt great and I also heard many positive stories related to the issue and received lots of excellent feedback.

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January 14, 2009

This is the first US bone marrow drive in which I will assist, and I look forward to meeting you and answering questions.
MAJOR UPDATE 2nd Day Added!
Sunday 11:00am
~ 3:00pm

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
10:00am ~ 6:30pm
Hyatt Regency, Cambridge
Arisia 2009 Science Fiction Convention

Representatives of the Caitlin Raymond International Registry and volunteers from the fannish community will be running an information table and registry drive. Registration itself is simple and painless: all you have to do is swab your cheek and fill out a form. To register you must be between the ages of 16 and 60 and in general good health.

Legislators in several US states have passed laws that make it mandatory for most insurance companies operating in these states to pay the cost of registration. Please bring your health insurance card with you. If you live in RI, NH, or MA you can register at this event at no cost.

More than 35,000 patients per year, many of them children, are diagnosed with diseases treatable by marrow or stem cell transplant. These diseases include leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers and genetic diseases.

Many people do not consider donating because they may not know they can help, but also because they have misconceptions about the donation process. The drive is a great venue for getting your questions answered.

When someone needs a bone marrow transplant and none of their family members are a match, the registry searches for a donor whose tissue type profile is compatible. 70% of people requiring a transplant need an unrelated donor.

A person looking for a stem cell match may find one potential donor in a pool of 20,000, or 1,000,000, or more. The most likely match for someone is a person of the same or a similar ethnic background. No one is guaranteed a match, regardless of background, but ethnic minorities are especially underrepresented and patients have even less chance of finding a matching donor.Then they have to hope that person is on the registry. You might be the match necessary to save a life.


The inspiration for this drive is the thousands of people who are waiting on any given day for a donor.



One of them was Emru Townsend, a fan and critic. Instead of writing about animation, comics, and technology, last year he spent his time writing about how people could save his life, or that of someone just like him at healemru.com. This drive is in his memory.

Arisia will also be holding its annual blood drive. Less than 40% of North Americans are eligible to give blood, so if you are, please also consider helping to save lives and in a more immediate manner: http://2009.arisia.org/blooddrive.

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September 26, 2008

OneMatch, Canada's stem cell registry, is hosting an on-site swabbing event on Sunday. At least 200 people need to register for this to be considered a success. There will be on-site staff to answer questions and educate the public.

Date:
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Time:
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location:
The Tagore Centre
Street:
140 Millwick Drive
City/Town:
Toronto, ON

Here are my suggestions to help make this event a success:
  • Already on the registry? Tell people you registered!
  • Too old to register or otherwise ineligible? Get more informed on the issue and spread the word!
  • Thinking of registering? Get the proper documentation to dispel myths and talk to your friends and family. Staff from OneMatch will be on-site at Sunday's event. Ask lots of questions and get the facts! If you want to swab right away, you'll be in the right place!
  • Are you a photographer, videographer or sketch artist? Record this event and then show people your work.

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What does it all mean?

I've gone on the record saying that I am in disbelief that Canada does not run bone marrow drives. If you have ever seen a drive recently in Canada, it is a US organization, such as Gift of Life, that runs drives, and anyone who gets swabbed is placed on the US registry. Further complicating issues, Quebec has a different method of sample collection, so many people figure they will wait until they can swab, and that opportunity may not occur again in a timely fashion, as it is uncertain when an out-of-country drive will next be organized in a given city.

This event could be a critical turning point in reaching more Canadians on this issue. If you live in Toronto, tell your friends, and make sure to encourage them to tell others about it.

Join the Facebook event and invite friends
Appeal for South Asian Donors

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September 9, 2008

The Hendrick Marrow Program, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the NASCAR Foundation and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation have teamed up for the annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive—providing you with an opportunity to register for free as a potential bone marrow donor.

On September 11, you can visit one of 30 participating race tracks to donate blood and register as a bone marrow donor; some tracks also feature other incentives, like food, t-shirts, and even the opportunity to drive around the track in your own car. (Note that four tracks are holding their events on September 12, September 13, September 21 and December 2.)

If you can't get out to a race track (or, like me, you're just not a racing fan) you can still register as a donor for free online until September 22. Either way, it's time to start your engines.

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July 23, 2008

I haven't tweaked the menu or the sidebar yet, but I wanted to let people know that we're still listing upcoming bone marrow drives and other events (charity races, art exhibitions, fundraisers, etc.). For the sake of clarity and ease of use I've moved everything to a Google calendar, which you'll find on our Events page.

Our list of events currently includes things going on in the US, UK and New Zealand up until September 21, with new items from around the world entered every day as we find out about them. Check in regularly and often.

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June 29, 2008

From Pakistan Daily:
A Hounslow woman is facing a race against time to find a bone marrow donor from the Asian community that will save the life of her leukaemia-stricken niece.

Determined Monica Grewal, 37, has made an emotional plea for people to come forward and help six-year-old Rianna Deol get her desperately-needed transplant.

But because individual genetic make-up is so varied, her best chance of a match is from someone of the same ethnic background - and only 4 per cent of donors on the Anthony Nolan Trust's bone marrow register are Asian.

Mrs Grewal has urgently called for potential donors to join the register at a special clinic between midday and 4pm tomorrow (Sunday) at Saks Hair and Beauty Salon at the David Lloyd Club, Southall Lane, Hounslow.

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From the Main Street News:
As Booth receives what may be a life-saving transplant of bone marrow Thursday, July 3, they’ll be holding a blood drive in his honor at New Hope Baptist Church.
The American Red Cross blood drive, set from 2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., has two purposes. One is to honor Booth while helping the Red Cross meet its blood needs. The other is to raise awareness of the National Bone Marrow Registry that helped Booth find a donor.

“They will just test people with a mouth swab and see if they’re interested in donating bone marrow,” said Stowers, who added that there is no charge for the screening.

“We hope to have at least 50 people,” said Stowers. “Of that, I would expect 35 to be able to donate. I’d like to shoot for a hundred. You don’t have to be able to donate blood to be a bone marrow donor, and people could make a donation to the Red Cross or sign up for the bone marrow registry.”

New Hope Baptist Church is located at 211 Stapler Drive, at the corner of U.S. 441 and Old Kings Bridge Road a mile south of Benton Elementary School.

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June 28, 2008

I got this a little late. From the Press-Telegram:
[Krissy] Kobata's rare condition is compounded by the lack of a bone-marrow match, which doctors say is now an urgent need. Kobata's family is of mixed heritage - Japanese and Caucasian - which has made it more difficult for her to find a donor match. Kobata's brother, her only sibling, is not a match.

Kobata's family and the Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program, have arranged for bone-marrow drives in Los Angeles County, including Long Beach.


The only drive that hasn't passed a yet is this one:
Southeast Japanese School and Cultural Center, 14615 Gridley Road, Norwalk; July 26, 3 to 8 p.m., and July 27, 2to 6 p.m.

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June 24, 2008

Pat Pedraja is a young man on a mission. Pat is seeking to educate people about the bone marrow registry and register more people, especially minority donors. In Canada, it is free to register. In the US, if it is free, it is because someone else paid for the typing costs already. Someone contributed money or raised a lot of funds to ensure people would be able to register.

Unlike Canada, the US runs bone marrow drives, which are a proven method for recruiting a large number of people and diversifying the registry. Pat pledged to recruit 2007 people for 2007, and ended up recruiting over 6500 people in over 30 US cities in 3 months. This year, he is back on the road again, driving for donors.

Pat does not require a donor, but this 13-year-old 2007 CNN Hero has lived with leukemia since he was 10 years old. Pat writes:
Your vote will make a difference!
HI, it's Pat from Driving For Donors!

I need your votes for these 2 awards. To me it's about more than winning a contest, it's about saving lives! I have registered over 10,000 new marrow donors and helped find 4 life saving matches for people in need! The more people that hear about my work and register as marrow donors the more lives we can save!

I need the help of adults and kids too! Can you please take a minute to vote and pass this on to everyone you know so they can help me as well!
Teen Choice / Do Something Award voting is for 13 to 19 year olds so (if YOU'RE NOT) please forward this to your kids and ask them to vote! If I'm the top vote getter, I'll be on the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (with Miley Cyrus) and receive $100,000 for Driving for Donors! That can save a lot of lives!

Vote everyday until August 1st!
CLICK HERE to vote for Pat for the Teen Choice Do Something Award!
Everyone can vote for the Energizer Award so Vote everyday until July 25th and pass it on so others can help!
CLICK HERE to vote for Pat for the Energizer Award! Vote Every Day until July 25th!
Help us by starting a VOTE FOR PAT Campaign on your MySpace or Website!

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June 18, 2008

On June 19, from 2 to 8 p.m. there will be a bone marrow drive in Montreal at the YWHA on Westbury. It is sponsored by Gift of Life to aid two men in the local Jewish community.

Donations are welcome, as the family must pay out of pocket since this is being done by a US registry. You have the privilege of getting swabbed for free, but please try to pay what you can, even if it is only a few dollars, because in the end, someone is paying for it.

Please note that this drive is not sponsored by Hema Quebec, who does not run bone marrow drives. Your name will go onto the National Marrow Donor Program database in the US, but if you are ever found to be a match, they will contact the appropriate registry.

No matter what registry you are on, please remember to keep your address information up to date.

To register any time in Quebec, go to Hema Quebec's website and download their consent form, or call (514) 832-5000 ext 279 and ask for a consent form to be sent directly to you. Read it, fill it in and send it back. You will be contacted to make an appointment at your convenience, where you will provide two vials of blood for typing.

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June 12, 2008

This is Michelle. She is in her 20s, just got married and has been living with leukemia. She needs a bone marrow transplant and requires an unrelated donor. Project Michelle has helped increase her chances and highlighted the shortage of Asian donors in the registry.

So far, Project Michelle has helped register 8000 people at bone marrow drives. Why don't we do these in Canada? Someone remind me, please.

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June 11, 2008


Carolyn Tam and other Chinese patients require new Chinese registrants to add their numbers to the worldwide registry. There are not enough Asian and Pacific Islander registrants.

Carolyn lives in Toronto, Canada, and she is the same position as many - no matches in the registry. Yet. It's up to people to decide that they are going to register or at least continue to spread the word about her.

Bone marrow drives are run by neither the OneMatch Registry nor the Hema-Quebec Stem Cell Registry in Canada. A special arrangement has been made with the Elizabeth Lue Bone Marrow Foundation for the Gift of Life registry, based in the US, to run bone marrow drives north of the border for Carolyn, which will benefit all present and future patients.

June 14: Vancouver

Vancouver Chinatown
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
28 West Pender Street

Richmond
Buddha's Light International Association
#6680- 8181 Cambie Road

Burnaby
CCM Canada
2nd floor 4533 Kingsborough Street
(Crystal Mall)

June 15: Toronto

Downtown Toronto
UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT HOUSE
10am - 4pm
23 Grange Road

Scarborough
SCARBOROUGH FINCH YEE HONG CENTRE
10am - 4pm
60 Scottfield Drive

Richmond Hill
RICHMOND HILL CHINESE COMMUNITY CHURCH
1pm - 4pm
9670 Bayview Avenue

Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA YEE HONG CENTRE
10am - 4pm
5510 Mavis Road


Personally, I would love to run more entries with the label "bone marrow drives" and "Canada" in the same sentence. Supporting this drive, regardless of background can send a clear message to Canadian registries that bone marrow drives need to be rethought and reinstated.

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June 6, 2008

There's a bone marrow drive on Saturday in Brooklyn. An African-American congregation is holding a bone marrow drive. The church is an important element in African-American culture, and was the hotbed of the Civil Rights movement, among other great revolutions of thought. The tradition continues.

Powerful Praise Tabernacle
708-710 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 422-1170

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June 4, 2008

From hapihour.org:
WHAT: In-n-Out: The Drive to Increase Asian American Registered Bone Marrow Donors

WHEN: Saturday | June 14, 2008 | 10 am - 3 pm

WHERE: Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Room
The Kuo Building
17 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
COST: Free

To RSVP and to show your support, please visit our Facebook Event and/or our Evite.

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May 30, 2008

From the Ledger:
In order for Liam to be cured, he needs a bone marrow transplant.

To find a match for him, Mulberry United Methodist Church will be having a blood drive/bone marrow screening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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From the Connecticut Post:
To aid Lemos — and others in need of a transplant — the Vasco da Gama Portuguese Cultural & Civic Center, 355 James St., Bridgeport will host a bone marrow donor registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Two more Project Michelle marrow drives, courtesy of Peachies.net:
ABC Supermarket
Sat, May 31, 10am – 4pm
6970 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA 92683

Cerritos Farmer’s Market, Cerritos Town Center
Sat, May 31, 8am – 12pm
Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703

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May 28, 2008

From The Maykazine:
Project Michelle
Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Saturday May 31, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Club Sport Fremont
46650 Landing Parkway
Fremont, California 94538

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May 26, 2008

Three clinics in the UK, courtesy of the ACLT (African Carribean Leukemia Trust). Don't let the name fool you—while the ACLT wants more minorities to register, they will happily register anyone who shows up. Times and places:
Saturday 14th June 2008

12.00 noon -5pm
Lewisham Fire station
249 Lewisham High Street
London
SE13 6NH

Sunday 6th July 2008

12.00 noon -5pm
Britannia Hotel Nottingham
St James St
Nottingham
NG1 6VN

Sunday 13th July 2008

5pm-9pm
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh St
Russell Square
London
WC1H 0XG

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From the Argus:
Inspired by spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, who told people to "be the change we wish to see in the world," James Logan High School students will hold a disaster-relief fundraiser and bone marrow drive during the school's unofficial "Be the Change" Week.

While that fundraiser takes place throughout the week, junior Supada Sritanyaratana has organized a bone marrow drive for Thursday. Only staff and students over 18 can register, a process which includes using a cotton swab to collect a saliva sample from the mouth.

Because no single ethnic group makes up more than 30 percent of the population at Logan High, "I thought that Logan would be the perfect place to set up this ... drive, (given) our great diversity," Sritanyaratana said.

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May 25, 2008

Another newspaper is getting behind Adrian Sudbury, and organizing a bone marrow drive (or as they're called in the UK, donor clinics). This one is in Sudbury's home town of Huddersfield. From the Huddersfield Daily Examiner:
To make it easy for Examiner readers to join the register we have organised a clinic which will take place at Huddersfield Methodist Mission on Lord Street from 2pm until 7pm on June 18.

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From InsideMedford.com:
Tufts University will host a donor registration drive for the Dana-Farber Marrow Donor Program on June 7 in honor of local baseball legend Bill Monbouqette.

The registration drive, organized by Monbouquette’s former Red Sox teammate Jerry Moses, will take place from 10AM to 6PM at Cousens Gym at Tufts, 161 College Avenue, Medford.

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May 24, 2008

From BBC News:
The Anthony Nolan Trust is holding a clinic for people who want to register for bone marrow donation on 31 May at Tiger Tiger, 28-29 Haymarket, Piccadilly, London from 1100-1600.

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You may have heard of Adrian Sudbury, a 26-year-old journalist who is suffering from two different types of leukemia simultaneously, and has only weeks to live. He's using his remaining time advocating for more people to register as potential bone marrow donors, and the Southport Visiter is also taking up the cause:
The next blood donor session is on Thursday, June 26, from 2pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Parochial Centre, Hoghton Street, Southport.

Please call 0845 7 711711 to make and appointment.

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From Navy Compass:
A Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive will be held on May 30 at Naval Base San Diego Main Navy Exchange, in honor of Zoe Hunter. Zoe is the daughter of IT2 (EXW) Tom Hunter a Navy Reservist, assigned to Navy Weapons Station Seal Beach, Boat Detachment 343.

That's all there is in the way of drive details, but I suspect that, like an earlier drive we mentioned held on a military base, the drive is only open to "all active duty military, their immediate dependents, DoD civilian employees, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists, ages 18 to 60."

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May 23, 2008

From Radio Javan:
This year's event is being held on May 25th in the San Jose area to support thousands of people in need of bone marrow transplants. This drive is in honor of a young Iranian man who has been told he needs a transplant and unfortunately his family are not a match.

Drive details:
Drive Location: Campbell Community Center
Address: One West Campbell Avenue Bldg. D Room 38-39, Campbell, CA 95008 (map)
Drive Date: May 25 2008
Drive Time: 1:00PM - 6:00PM

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From the YABA Blog. This event is both a blood drive and a bone marrow drive:
Please sign up today for an appointment to donate blood! (You don't need an appointment to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Registry.)

What: Blood & Bone Marrow Drive
When: Sunday 1 June 2008
Time: 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Where: Temple Beth Am - 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90035
RSVP: http://www.bikurcholim.net/BikurCholim/Site/Blood/appointment.asp?m=15

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May 22, 2008

From the Free Lance-Star:
Former James Monroe basketball standout Cedric Hopkins is still in need of a bone-marrow transplant.

No match was found for Hopkins among the 125 potential donors who showed up for the bone-marrow drive that was held last month at the Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg, according to his mother, Maggie Hopkins.

A new drive will be held on Saturday at the Mayfield Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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May 19, 2008

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Registration at this event is free for minorities. From the York Daily Record/Sunday News:
Minorities between ages 18 and 60 are needed for the National Marrow Donor Program and can be screened at a bone marrow drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA Community Center, 452 N. Beaver St. in York.

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From the Concord Monitor:
During Bike Week, from June 14 to 22, there will be a week-long bone marrow drive in Laconia sponsored by 10 radio stations and organized by Guglielmo and by Jim Fronk of the radio station The Hawk. The drive will be held at Sparkle Clean Car Wash on Route 11 on the side of Paugus Bay, in a trailer dubbed the "Save A Life Trailer." Another location will be set up in a tent at Thurston's Marina next to the Hawk RV.

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May 18, 2008

From Kent News:
The trust is holding a recruitment session for donors at Jamie’s school, Princes Plain Primary School, in Church Lane, Bromley, on Tuesday.

Lynsey Dickson, from the trust, said: "The register can never be big enough, quite simply the more people we have on the register the more chances we have of finding a lifesaving match for patients like Jamie."

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Here's another way to get registrants and monetary donations for the National Marrow Donor Program: Throw a party! It all goes down tonight in Portland, Oregon. From The Portland Mercury:
Live music! Beer! Helping sick kids!

I think there’s gonna be a silent auction, as well as live music from Red Ray Frazier, Invisible Rockets, Blue Horns, Henry Dark, and Jesse Young and Friends. And did I mention helping sick kids, and beer?

Green Dragon Pub and Bistro, 928 SE 9th, Sunday May 18, 3 pm-11 pm or so.

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From Lend a Hand, Inc.:
What: Bone Marrow Drive 1: HELP SAVE MICHELLE!
When: SATURDAY and SUNDAY, May 17 and 18, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m
Location #1: Hong Kong 4 City Mall (11201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX)

What: Bone Marrow Drive 2: HELP SAVE MICHELLE!
When: Sunday, May 18, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Location #2: Nha Tho Cac Thanh Tu Dao (10610 Kingspoint Rd, Houston, TX 77075)

"Project Michelle" (www.projectmichelle.com) wants to increase the number of Asians registered in the bone marrow registry. Their goal is to enroll 15,000 Asians. Her match is most likely to come from a person of Asian descent, however, very few Asians are actually in the registry and this makes it very difficult for doctors to find them a match. This is why we need your help.

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The Thanks Mom event is winding to a close. While it's generally possible to find free or reduced-cost registration year-round, it's never quite as easy as during this event. From the Bastrop Daily Enterprise:
The International Paper Company in conjunction with Morehouse General Hospital are joining together to hold a bone marrow drive called the Thanks Mom Campaign from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19 at the Louisiana Mill Learning Center.

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May 15, 2008

Just got word of six drives happening in NYC over the next five weeks:

May 17

Eastchester Playground
Adjacent from 1219 Adee Avenue
Bronx, NY 10407
917.498.1695

May 24
St. Augustine Episcopal Church
4301 Ave. D
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718.629.0959

May 29
Fraternal New York State Troopers
911 West John Street
Hickville, NY 11801
917.593.4174

May 31
National Women's Health Awareness Day
Roy Wilkins Family Recreation Center
Baisley Blvd & 177th Street
Jamaica, NY 11434
718.712.0873

June 7
Powerful Praise Tabernacle
708-710 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
718.422.1170

June 22
Church of St. Marks
1346 President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213
718.756.6607

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May 13, 2008

From the Longmont Times-Call:
Local residents can join for free during the second annual “thanks mom” Marrow Donor Drive, from 4 to 8 p.m May 23 at Longmont United Hospital. Normally, it costs $52 to join, according to the National Marrow Donor Program.

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From News10.net:
Bloodsource will hold another bone-marrow drive on Friday, May 16 at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville at 1600 Eureka Rd., from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:
From 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Loyola Center for Health and Fitness in Maywood, the National Marrow Donor Program will hold a bone-marrow drive on behalf of Kim and several others. It's part of a national effort called "Thanks Mom Donor Drive."

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May 12, 2008

From The Greenville News:
When Katie-Belle Cooley of Greenville was diagnosed with infant leukemia at the tender age of 8 1/2 months, her mom knew she would need to take action. Karen Cooley enlisted the help of family, friends, and the National Marrow Donor Program to help add volunteers to the national bone marrow donor registry. Their efforts culminate on Saturday, May 17th at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church located at 3710 Augusta Road from 10am until 4pm.

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From the Connecticut Post:
Forget blood drives. Joseph A. Foran High School's Interact Club is going deeper with an effort to get bone marrow donors.

The club will sponsor the marrow drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St., in affiliation with the National Marrow Donor Program. Interact President Paul Wydra III, a senior at Foran, said it normally costs $60 per person to join the registry, but a special "Thanks Mom" promotion during the month of May means it's free.

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May 11, 2008

Here's a reminder of the bone marrow drives coming up over the next seven days. Many of these drives are free, as part of the National Marrow Donor Program's "Thanks Mom" event.

May 12
Columbus, Ohio - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Syracuse, New York - Boys & Girls Club
Sacramento, California - UC Davis Cancer Center
Kansas City, Missouri - Children’s Mercy Hospital
North Plainfield, New Jersey - Vermeule Community Center
Shoreview, Minnesota - Turtle Lake School
Rutland, Vermont - Alderman's Chevrolet

May 13
North Scituate, Rhode Island - Ponaganset Middle School
Hopkins, Minnesota - Shepherd of the Hill Church
Hannibal, Missouri - Cary Cancer Center
Manchester, Vermont - Manchester Rescue
Fair Haven, Vermont - Fair Haven Union High School

May 14
Providence, Rhode Island - Hasbro Children's Hospital
Madison, Alabama - Dublin Park

May 15
Jeffersonville, New York - St. George's Church
Liberty, New York - Liberty High School
Kansas City, Missouri - St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Nicollet Mall Farmers Market
Middlebury, Vermont - Porter Medical Center
Huddersfield, England - Newsome South Methodist Church Hall

May 16
Rome, Georgia - Redmond Regional Medical Center
Stony Brook, New York - Stony Brook University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pittsford, Vermont - Vermont Police Academy

May 17
Central Falls, Rhode Island - Wyatt Detention Facility’s Training Center
Springield, Pennsylvania - Springfield Township High School
Townshend, Vermont - Grace Cottage Hospital

May 18
Mount Holly, Vermont - Mount Holly Rescue Fair
Parkville, Missouri - St. Therese Parish
Kansas City, Missouri - Temple B’nai Jehudah
Kansas City, Missouri - Christ Church
St. Paul, Minnesota - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
St. Paul, Minnesota - St. George Greek Orthodox Church

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From MyCentralJersey.com:
From 1:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Vermeule Community Center, 301 Clinton Ave., the North Plainfield Policemen's Benevolant Assocation and International Association of Firefighters in conjunction with the HLA Registry and Community Blood Services will hold a blood and bone marrow donor registry drive.

Appointments are available every 15 minutes during the entire event. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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From KHQA:
This Tuesday the Cary Cancer Center will hold its first Bone Marrow drive. If you would like to sign up to be in the National Marrow Donor Program, the Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal is holding a free drive this Tuesday from 2 until 6 p.m. No appointments are necessary and it's easy to sign up.
Here's the contact information:
Address: 6000 Medical Drive, Hannibal , MO 63401
Tel: (913) 901-3100, (800) 366-6710

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From the Star Tribune:
2:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Turtle Lake School, 1141 Lepak Court, Shoreview

5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Shepherd of the Hill Church, 500 Blake Road S., Hopkins

11 a.m.-3p.m. Thursday, Nicollet Mall Farmers Market, Minneapolis

9 a.m.-12p.m. May 18, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, St. Paul

Noon-2 p.m. May 18, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Av., St. Paul

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19, Broadway Ridge building, 3001 Broadway St. NE., Minneapolis

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The National Marrow Donor Program's Thanks Mom event also features a page called The Donor Garden. You can add your photo to a collage of people who have registered, know a loved one who is waiting for or received a transplant, or if you have been a donor or recipient. My ID is 100249.

Add your name to the garden.

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There is a severe shortage of ethnic minorities in the US registry. A donor is most likely to match someone of the same or a similar ethnicity. If you are of Asian, African, Hispanic or Native American descent, you are less likely to find a matching donor.Mother's Day is a time to reflect on how important our mothers are and to celebrate them. Giving life is a powerful experience and the bond between a mother and child are not to be underestimated. Now try to magine the gift a mother receives when she learns that her critically ill child has a second chance at life. Or how a child feels if their parent needs a chance to live.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is offering free registration during its Thanks Mom campaign, until May 19, 2008.

During the event, costs to join the Registry online or at a bone marrow drive are paid for by generous partners and contributors so that it is FREE:

- For the first 46,000 who join the registry via the NMDP.

-This includes the first 10,000 who join online via the NMDP's website.

In the US, you get the inside of your cheek swabbed. You get a kit at home or you go to a bone marrow drive or donor center. Here is a list by state of upcoming drives.

If you are not a US resident, this is still important information about the bone marrow registry. Many countries have free registry, every day. Even if you do not live in the US, people who register in the US could save the life of a person anywhere in the world, maybe even where you live. In fact, 49% of US matches involve an international recipient or donor.

There are many myths surrounding donation and registration. Many people do not even know there is an unrelated registry and that 70% who need bone marrow transplant rely on someone outside of the family. After registration, learning more and telling others is the most important key to creating a healthy registry and giving people a chance at survival.

Emru celebrated his birthday yesterday. He says that this is his birthdate "for now". If he has the opportunity to receive a transplant, this may be the day he is given life a second time around.

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May 9, 2008

From the Huntsville Times:
A bone marrow registry drive is set for May 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Dublin Park for Bryson Merriweather, a fifth-grader at St. John's School.

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From the Springfield Sun:
In an effort to raise awareness about the National Bone Marrow Registry and to attract potential marrow donors to the list, a group of Springfield Township residents will host a registry drive May 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Springfield Township High School.

A second registry drive May 16 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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From the Longview News-Journal:
Because I Care and the National Marrow Donor Program are sponsoring a recruitment drive from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Longview Mall center court.

For information, call (903) 445-2507.

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From the Providence Journal:
At least three marrow drives are scheduled, with the first this Sunday at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be a drive on May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hasbro, and May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wyatt Detention Facility’s Training Center, in Central Falls.

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From the Quad-City Times:
Bone marrow drives will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, 5500 Lakeview Parkway, Davenport, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Davenport office and at 3850 Blackhawk Road, Rock Island.

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All of these drives are free. From the Kansas City Star:
The National Marrow Donor Program is in the middle of its annual “Thanks Mom” program. Through May 19, the program is waiving the $52 fee that potential donors pay to cover the cost of tissue typing.

Kansas City “Thanks Mom” drives:

•11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road.

•2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 900 N.E. Shady Lane Drive in the Northland.

•9 a.m. to noon May 18 at St. Therese School, 7277 N.W. Missouri 9 in the Northland.

•8:30 to 11 a.m. May 18 at Temple B’nai Jehudah, 12320 Nall Ave., Overland Park.

•9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Christ Church, 5500 W. 91st St. Overland Park.

•Noon to 8 p.m. May 19 at Argosy Casino, 777 Argosy Parkway, Riverside.

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Free registration this Monday. From Rocklin & Roseville Today:
The Sacramento event, hosted in collaboration with BloodSource, will be held on Monday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X St., Sacramento.

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News 10 Now reports that Syracuse, New York teen Eunique Darby found an unrelated match through the registry (congratulations!) and also reports on two upcoming donor drives. I got the details from the NMDP website. Registration is free for both:
Telephone Numbers: (877) 261-6786
Drive Location: Boys & Girls Club
Address: 2100 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13224
Drive Date: May 12 2008
Drive Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Telephone Numbers: (718) 797-7850, (800) NY-BLOOD ext 2
Drive Location: Stony Brook University
Address: Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook , NY 11794
Drive Date: May 16 2008
Drive Time: 8:00AM - 3:00PM

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From Recordnet.com:
San Joaquin County residents can join the National Marrow Donor Program's registry Saturday in Lodi.

A donor drive will be hosted by Miss San Joaquin 2008 Melissa Greiner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lodi Women's Club, 325 W. Pine St.

Greiner is using the donor program as a platform in the Miss America program. Her father, Stephen Greiner, received a bone marrow donation in 2007.

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May 8, 2008

From the Yorkshire Post:
The Anthony Nolan Trust and Sophie's family and friends are holding a clinic in Huddersfield next week to seek a donor for Sophie and others on the register. It will be held at Newsome South Methodist Church Hall, Birch Road, Berry Brow, Huddersfield, 3.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, May 15. People are urged to attend and be willing to be a donor, not just for Sophie, but anyone on the register. Those attending need to give a small blood sample to see if they are suitable.

Donors must be aged 18-40 and be in good health. For more information visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk

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As this is part of the Thanks Mom campaign, registration is free. From the Rome News-Tribune:
A marrow donor drive will be held at Redmond Regional Medical center on Friday, May 16, from noon until 5 p.m. in Classroom A in the lower level of the hospital.

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May 5, 2008

If you are not a US resident, this is still important information. Even if you do not live in the US, people who register in the US could save the life of a person anywhere in the world, maybe even where you live. So tell someone about this.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) has finally included the details of free registration during its Thanks Mom campaign, from May 5 to May 19.

During the event, costs to join the Registry online or at a bone marrow drive are paid for by generous partners and contributors so that it is

Free for the first 46,000 people who join the registry via the NMDP.

This includes the first 10,000 who register for a kit online.

In the US, you get the inside of your cheek swabbed. You get a kit at home or you go to a sponsored NMDP bone marrow drive.

To register online or find the nearest NMDP bone marrow drive, go to www.marrow.org. You can also find a list of some of this week's drives in an earlier post.

THE FACTS:

-70% of the people who need a bone marrow transplant will need an unrelated donor

-Many people will not find their match, so more people are needed

-The most likely match the same or similar ethnicity

-There is a severe shortage of people of African descent on the registries worldwide. It is very hard to match someone who is African Caribbean. There are others who are even harder to find a match for. If you are Chinese, it is very difficult to find a match. There are severe shortage of people of many ethnicities and you may be surprised to find out you are on the list.

-49% of the matches in the US involve an international donor or recipient, including recipients in countries where there are no registries, which includes all of the Caribbean.

-This is a life-saving procedure for the recipient that is low-risk, not time-consuming, and not done at a cost to the donor.

There are a lot of myths surrounding donation. The facts may surprise you. If you want to know more about the two types of donation, watch this video.

As you've seen in the donor stories, we have found, the few people who donated twice, have said they had no problem agreeing to do it again.

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May 4, 2008

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From Share the Prayer:
If you are in the OKC area they are having a bone marrow drive in Yukon on Monday May 5th if you can RSVP @ dbyers57@cox.net that would be great, this will take place at Yukon HS form 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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From The Catholic Key:
On May 15 from 2 to 6 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Oakview will hold a bone marrow screening to beef up the National Bone Marrow Program Registry so that more people whose lives can be saved will be matched with more people willing to save them.

Another screening will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at St. Therese Parish in Parkville.

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From the Herald-Mail:
Valley Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown will hold a bone marrow drive with the National Marrow Donation Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Valley Grace Brethren Church, 17310 Gay Street.

The bone marrow drive was inspired by Big Pool resident Terri Tucker, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

There is no cost to donate. Donors must meet health guidelines, be between the ages of 18 and 60, and be willing to donate to any patient in need of a bone marrow match.

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From The Journal of a Prizefighter:
Registering is easy, and at no cost other than a simple cheek swab and the willingness to participate.

When: May 24th, 2008 10AM - 4PM
Where: Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, New York

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May 1, 2008

From KALB News Channel 5:
Paragon Casino Resort will play host to a Bone Marrow Drive for eleven-year-old Bryson Merriweather. This event will take place on Monday, May 5, in the Chiqui 3 ballroom, at Paragon Casino Resort, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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From the Warrington Guardian:
The clinic will be run by the Anthony Nolan Trust and staffed by nurses from Warrington Hospital.

All you have to do is give a small blood sample which will be compared with the list of people waiting for transplants.

To register as a bone marrow donor, you must be aged between 18 and 40, be in good health, weigh more than eight stone and be willing to donate to any patient you match.

The clinic is on Wednesday, May 28, between 4pm and 8pm at the Tetley Walker Social Club, Long Lane, Orford.

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Free registration at this bone marrow drive. From Media Newswire:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Bone Marrow program is holding a bone marrow drive on Monday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer donors can help save the lives of 35,000 children and adults who develop life threatening disease each year.

This year’s drive will be held at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 300 W. 10th Ave., room 518A. Potential donors need to be between the ages of 18 and 60 years old and in good health. Donor registration takes 15-20 minutes and participants will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire, sign a consent form and give a cheek-cell swab.

All fees associated with becoming a donor are covered by a grant from the National Bone Marrow Program. For more information, please call The James Line at 614-293-5066.

# # #

Kristina Day
Medical Center Communications
614-293-3737
Kristina.Day@osumc.edu

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April 30, 2008

From the Bricktown Blog:
A Bone Marrow Drive has been scheduled for Monday, May 5, from 8:00am until 8:00pm, at the Dearing Christian Church. At the Drive, you will be tested with a cheek swab. The Drive will be sponsored by the Red Cross. The cost for this tissue test is typically $52, but there will be NO COST at this particular Drive.

Also, extra details from Tallgrass Rocks:
Walk-ins are welcome, but a RSVP will help to prepare enough supplies. Contact: Dawna @ (620) 515 – 395 or Darbie @ (620) 331 – 9754.

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April 29, 2008

From Thee Rant:
There will be a blood drive/Marrow match search this Wednesday April 30th, and the Suburban Temple located at 2900 Jerusalem Ave. in Wantagh, NY from 1530 Hrs. until 2045 Hrs.

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This drive provides free registration. From the Rocky Mount Telegram:
In an effort to get more local names on that national registry, the Kate & Billy Harrison Family YMCA will host a bone marrow drive from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6, said Debra Slavin, one of the event organizers.

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April 28, 2008

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April 25, 2008

From Foster's Daily Democrat:
If participants are residents of New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Rhode Island, those states mandate that insurance companies cover the cost of being tested at the drive. Otherwise, the cost is $75.

But there will also be a raffle held during the drive. The proceeds will go toward the Caitlin Raymond International Registry, which is a coordinating center for bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell and placental cord unit donor searches. The registry is working with Plante to hold the drive, to cover the cost of anyone who doesn't have the $75 or cannot afford the cost.

Plante said there are some great prizes for the raffle including sports tickets and items signed by the Boston Bruins hockey team.

The drive will be held Friday, May 2 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Castaways at 31 Cocheco St. All are welcome, but only people ages 16 to 60 are eligible to be tested, and anyone who qualifies who is 16 years of age cannot undergo the procedure until age 18.

I'd also like to highlight something mentioned earlier in the article:
Plante has organized the bone marrow drive, which will be held at Castaways Restaurant and Lounge on Cocheco Street in Dover. Plante said it took a lot of phone calls and effort to figure out how the process works, but once she got in touch with the right people, it was "so easy."
The "right people" in the United States are the National Marrow Donor Program. If you visit their website, they'll tell you who to contact and what they can support you with. We've heard from others than organizing a drive is, more than anything else, a matter of finding space. Like the act of registering, it isn't that hard to make a significant impact.

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From The Kansas City Star:
Then from 2 to 6 p.m. May 15 the National Marrow Donor Program will screen and register potential donors for free at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 900 N.E. Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City, North.

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April 24, 2008

From Froggy 99.9:
MeritCare’s Roger Maris Cancer Center is having a Bone Marrow Donor Drive Friday from 1-5pm at the Ramada Plaza Suites. They’ll test you to see if you are a match for someone on the bone marrow list. The test is simple: they just take a cotton swab to the inside of your cheek. If you are a match with someone on the list, you could save a life! Cancer patients need bone marrow transplants and often times the recipients are children. If you can’t be a donor, you can also donate money and sponsor a Donation Kit. They’re $26. For more information call Sherrie at 234-5301.

You'll find the Ramada Plaza Suites at:
1635 42nd Street S.
Fargo, ND 58103

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From the Derbyshire Times:
Saturday's clinic will be at Main Hall, Hope Valley College, Castleton Road, Hope, from noon to 4pm.

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April 23, 2008

Just got a tip from one of our Boston contingents: There's a drive coming up at UMass in the city. Details from marrow.org:
Donor Center: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Telephone Numbers: (617) 632-2561, (866) 875-3324
Drive Name: U MASS BOSTON
Drive Location: Main Campus
Address: 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02115
Drive Date: Apr 28 2008
Drive Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
As always, you can find out about National Marrow Donor Program-affiliated centres and drives in your area by checking out their list of donor centres by state.

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From New York Teacher:
Donor drives will be held May 15 from 3-9 p.m. at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville and 3-6 p.m. at Liberty High School. You can also obtain a typing kit for testing at home. Log on to http://www.dkmsamericas.org/.
Here's the contact information for both:

St. George's Church
97 Schoolhouse Hill Rd
Jeffersonville, NY 12748
(845) 482-4640

Liberty High School
125 Buckley St.
Liberty, NY 12754
(845) 292-5400

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The marrow drive is on the 30th, but—and this is really last-second—there's an information session today from noon to 1 p.m. From the UCSF Campus Calendar:
Wednesday, April 23, 12 –1pm, HSW 303 INFO SESSION Come for yummy Vietnamese sandwiches and information on being part of the Bone Marrow Drive scheduled for Wed. April 30. Bone marrow transplantation is used to treat cancers and other diseases. YOU can help! Sponsored by the AHC, VSA, KAHPSA, APAMSA, SNPhA and the Chancellor’s Endowment Fund.
Update: Registration is free for minorities; non-minorities may have to pay a fee. Click the graphic at left to download the event flyer as a PDF.

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Throughout this week, CURE is hosting a bone marrow drive at Penn. From the Daily Pennsylvanian:
The registration process, which will take place all week on College Green, is simple, entailing only the completion of a form and cotton swabbing of the cheek for stem cell samples, Chan said. The group sends the samples to be tested for bone marrow type, and people who were tested are entered into a national registry.

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A last-minute discovery. From the Ohio State University Events Calendar:
On April 23rd, the Mortar Board Senior Class Honorary will be hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive from 2-7 PM in Central Classrooms 226. With a quick swipe of your cheek cells you too can register as a donor.

Time: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Area on Campus: Central Classrooms 226

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April 22, 2008

From the West Australian, news of a drive on my birthday:
City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club has organised a registry session on May 10 or potential donors can call the registry direct on 9421 2886.

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This information was passed on to me by Jan Albertie. Naval Air Station Lemoore in Lemoore, California is hosting a bone marrow drive on May 19 that is only open to, according to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, "all active duty military, their immediate dependents, DoD civilian employees, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists, ages 18 to 60." As NAS Lemoore is an active-duty base, you would need permission from their coordinator to go.

The drive is at from 0930 to 1430, at the Navy Campus/Theater area.

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Free registration at Harvard. From GoCrimson.com:
This Friday, April 25, the Harvard football team will coordinate the Harvard Football Bone Marrow Drive to capitalize on the opportunity of a lifetime – the opportunity to save a life.

From 2-5 p.m. at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion, the football team invites everyone to be tested to see if they are able to donate. There is no cost to be tested and anyone can make a difference in a minimal amount of time.

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From the jus' ramblin' blog, news of a bone marrow drive being held in honour of a four-year-old who succumbed to cancer in November 1998:
I would like to encourage everyone that reads this if they are not already on the Register for Bone Marrow, please take a few minutes to do this. This coming Friday, April 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our church, we are putting together a Bone Marrow Drive with the help of Mountain State Tumor Institute in Boise. The church is on the corner of Ustick and Batt Corner Road in Homedale/Wilder area. It will only take a few minutes and the only thing you have to do is fill out a few health questions and let them swab the inside of your mouth and then your name will be entered with your information into the National Register. If you cannot make it to this drive, you can also go to the Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise and ask for Mark Allen and tell him you are doing this in memory or honor of Michael Aman Patrick.
A little digging revealed that the church in question is the Nazarene Church Homedale, 26515 Ustick Rd., Wilder, ID 83676, (208) 337-3151 or (800) 845-4624. The drive is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) can be found here.

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April 21, 2008

From the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle:
You can help by participating in the Cheyenne Day of Giving from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at the Cheyenne-Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park.

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April 20, 2008

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April 18, 2008

From Newstreamz:
Internationally acclaimed bone marrow transplant expert Marcos de Lima will talk on “One Life at a Time: Putting Your Spare Stem Cells to Work,” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Alkek Teaching Theater at Texas State University-San Marcos. The presentation is free to the public and is sponsored by McCoy’s Building Supplies and Wells Fargo Bank.

De Lima’s talk serves as the “kick-off” for a Texas State bone marrow donor drive on April 22-24. A dozen tables will dot the campus from the Health Professions Building to Old Main in order to register 2,000 bone marrow donors from the Texas State and San Marcos communities.

For more information, contact Angelika Wahl at (512) 245-2170.

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This drive is part of Desi Dhamaka, the Pacific Northwest's largest South Asian cultural show, which is held at the Meany Theater. From The Daily:
In addition to the show, there is a planned bone marrow registration drive. According to the Puget Sound Blood Center, only 7 percent of the 6 million registered bone marrow donors are Asian or Pacific Islander. Patients from the same ethnic background as the donor are more likely to find a matching bone marrow type, making registration of ethnic minorities especially important.

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April 17, 2008

From The Chattanoogan:
With the support of friends and church members on site at Signal Crest United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 3, will be dedicated to collecting samples to be registered through the National Marrow Donor Program as well as donating blood to Blood Assurance of Chattanooga.

According to the National Marrow Donor Program, registering a sample includes gathering tissue from the inside of the cheek with a cotton swab. The sample is then sent to the NMDP bank and tested for tissue type to find a match for the patient. If the tissue types are compatible, the sample donor will be contacted for further testing of blood tissue match.

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From The Citizen of Laconia:
The donor drive will be held on April 26 at the First Free Will Baptist Church on Main Street in Ashland.

In conjunction with the donor drive, a craft and bake sale has been organized. Jaquidth also hopes to set up a silent auction, though she is still looking for items to be donated. The idea being that the money raised would be split between helping fund Korey's medical bills and supporting DKMS Americas, which is the nonprofit organization that will be processing the new donors.

Jaquidth explained that becoming a donor is easy and painless; all it takes is about five minutes and a cotton swab of the cheek.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the silent action or to find out more about the drive contact Kathy Jaquidth by calling 968-3093.

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From WBKO:
The second annual Mya's Miracle Blood and Bone Marrow Drive will be held on May 5 at Diddle Arena in the Hall of Champions, from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Free for minorities, reduced cost ($25) otherwise. From Fremont Public Library...Let's Talk!:
A blood and bone marrow drive will be held at the College of Lake County on Wednesday, April 23. The drive is sponsored by the CLC Health Center and LifeSource and will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Anderson Court, located in Building A on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

An oral swab is taken to determine if potential donors are a bone marrow match. There is a $25 charge for the blood marrow donation. Exempt from the fee are minority groups (Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American), fire fighters, police officers and college students in health care fields.

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April 16, 2008

Another last-minute discovery, from the Liverpool Daily Post:
The Pall Mall Dental Clinic in Liverpool will today join up with one of the world’s largest life-saving charities in a bid to help save an eight-year-old Huyton girl.

The Anthony Nolan Trust has organised the clinic’s search for potential bone marrow donors.

It takes place at the Pall Mall dental practice between 5pm and 7pm today. The arrangement came about after the charity helped the best friend of Dr Andrew Healy, the proprietor of the dental clinic, to receive a life- saving bone marrow transplant.

For further details on being a donor, please contact The Pall Mall Dental Clinic on 0151 258 1968 or the Anthony Nolan website, www.anthonynolan.org.uk

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April 15, 2008

From Temple Athletics:
The Temple football team will recruit potential donors for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry with a bone marrow screening session on Wednesday, April 16 at the Temple University's Howard Gittis Student Center (Room 200) from Noon to 5 p.m.

The screening involves a simple cheek swab and does not involve any needles or drawing of blood. It should take no more than 20 minutes for each person to register for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry and be tested.

Participants, who must be 18 to register, will receive free food, door prizes, entertainment by a disc jockey, and special guest appearances.

Who? You can save a life today!
What? Bone Marrow Drive
Where? Gittis Student Center - Room 200
When? Wed, April 16
How? All you need is 20 minutes and a cotton swab

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April 14, 2008

From the South Wales Argus:
The donor clinic will be held at Gaer Junior School between 4pm and 7pm today (Tuesday, April 15).

Anyone who joins the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register will be required to give a small sample of blood on the night.

If found to be a match, donors could be required to donate bone marrow to anyone all over the world.

Donors must be aged between 18 and 40, weigh more than eight stone, not be excessively over-weight and be in generally good health.

The Anthony Nolan Trust are particularly keen for young men to donate and people of ethnic minorities.
I'm sure they meant "young people," as gender isn't a factor in donor compatibility.

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