Monday, January 11, 2010

Bone marrow drive - February 14th and March 14th

As many of you know, Matthew may need a bone marrow transplant during the course of his treatment.  As there are no family members who are a suitable match,  the national bone marrow registry will be searched in the case that a bone marrow transplant is needed.  Typically, after the third round of chemotherapy is when determination is made whether a transplant is done or additional chemotherapy is needed.

To benefit Matthew and many others who are in need of a bone marrow transplant, a bone marrow drive has been organized in Naperville on Sunday, February 14th and Sunday, March 14th at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville from 8:30am to 1pm.  Additional information can be found here. The testing process is simple, painless and generally takes 5-10 minutes.  Here is a link to some FAQ regarding being a donor and what is generally involved in being a bone marrow donor.

If you are not local to Naperville, you can still register to be on the bone marrow registry by going to http://www.marrow.org/ and signing up for a registration kit through the mail.

10 comments:

Melissa said...

Hi Furiblog followers! I signed up for the bone marrow registry on-line and it was really easy. It took about 10 minutes to fill out the form on-line. They then sent me an envelope with cotton swabs in it. You swab the inside of your mouth and mail it back. That is it - super easy! Thanks!

Amy said...

Gene,
I just received my kit yesterday. They make it so easy. I am hoping to make more people aware of the registry - there are so many people willing to sign up - they just never knew about it.

Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with the blog - it helps us being so far away.

Hugs to Matthew and Claire.
Amy

Susan Heidelman said...

My husband did it too and said it was super easy. Thank goodness they make it simple to do given how big the need is.

littlebug-peg said...

We're keeping this process in our prayers. Michael wants so much to help and is planning to contact his physician about his qualifications. We'll keep you posted.

Don and Steph said...

Gene - We are on it. We will send out for our kit tomorrow. Glad to hear the Chemo is working!

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