- Completing paperwork and a quick cheek swab.
- Donors must be between the ages of 18-44 to register (although names are kept in the registry until age 61), and in good health.
- If you are over 44 and still want to register, you need to register on-line and there is a tax deductible fee of $100.00.
- After testing, donor information is placed in a national registry.
Jamie Crowley, Principal of Thompson Middle School and Maureen Martin, a secretary at Rogers High School, are in search for a bone marrow match.
Crowley, who won the Middle School Principal of the Year Award in 2015, has recently been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome RAEB (MDS). He is in need of a bone marrow transplant and is currently still seeking a donor.
A Donor Drive will be held on January 25th, at the Blood Center at 688 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI. Interested donors may also go before that date.
Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. For many of those patients, the best hope for a cure is a marrow or stem cell transplant. And 70% of them will not have a matching donor in their family. They will turn to Be The Match to find their life-saver; someone just like you.
More info at: http://www.ribc.org/full/inner/marrowProgram.shtml and https://bethematch.org/