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.