For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists: bone marrow transplant.
The trick is finding the right donor.
Be The Match is an international registry that connects patients who need a bone marrow transplant to donors with compatible bone marrow.
Now, Be The Match is coming to Northfield to register potential donors.
Northfield Hospital + Clinics and St. Olaf College will host a marrow donor registry drive for adults 18-44 who are willing to donate their bone marrow when a match is found.
Be The Match Marrow Donor Registry Drive
Thursday, Nov. 16
5:00 – 7:00 pm
St. Olaf College
The Surgical Services team at Northfield Hospital and the student-run Volunteer Network at St. Olaf College worked together to organize the drive.
During the drive, Surgical Services staff members will complete the registration process for new donors. Donors answer a short series of questions, and give a cheek swab. Donors who are a match for a patient in need will be contacted directly by Be The Match to arrange their donation. About 1 in 430 members of the Be The Match Registry in the U.S. will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) to a patient.
Donors also can register online anytime at Join.BeTheMatch.org/Northfield.
Potential donors who join the Be The Match Registry make a commitment to:
- Keep Be The Match updated if your contact information changes, you have significant health changes or you change your mind about being a donor
- Respond quickly if you are contacted as a potential match for a patient
- Donate to any searching patient who matches you.
- Be listed on the registry until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed
You have the right to change your mind about being a donor at any time. Donating is always voluntary. If you decide you do not want to donate, let Be The Match know right away. That way, the organization can continue the search for another donor without dangerous delays for the patient. (Source: BeTheMatch.org)
Be The Match Registry is the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. It’s operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit organization whose partnerships with international and cooperative registries provide doctors with access to nearly 27 million potential donors worldwide.