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Match Madness: Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive

  • The Streets at Southpoint 6910 Fayetteville Road Durham, NC, 27713 United States (map)

Join ABC11, Radio One and Univision 40 for the annual ABC11 Together Match Madness - Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive. The Match Madness campaign is a partnership with Be The Match whose mission is to provide hope for a cure by connecting patients with life-saving marrow donors.

How can you get involved? 
1. Volunteer at the event to help Be The Match representatives with logistics. If you're interested, please contact julia@lukathelionfoundation.org. I'll be there from 12:30-2:30 pm. 

2. Register to be on the bone marrow registry by stopping by! The process takes about 5-15 minutes -- you fill out a questionaire, swab your cheeks, and can ask questions to experts should you have any. 

3. Spread the word! Not everyone can donate for various reasons (myself included), but everyone can tell someone else about Be The Match and the importance of donating your bone marrow to someone in need. 

If it weren't for an anonymous bone marrow donor, Luka wouldn't have had a chance at a cure and we are forever grateful for this gift. We know several patients who are waiting for their match -- or the wait was too long. Unfortunately, patients from ethnic backgrounds (African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American), have the lowest odds of finding a match compared to other populations. Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ancestry. Spreading the word, especially to diverse ethnic populations and communities can truly save lives. 

To learn more, including Q&A about bone marrow donation:
http://abc11.com/health/abc11-match-madness/1196702/

To request a Be The Match registration packet to be sent to your home: 
https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/join-the-marrow-registry/

To read my essay to Luka's bone marrow donor :http://themighty.com/2015/11/to-the-anonymous-donor-who-saved-our-s0n-by-giving-a-piece-of-herself/

Earlier Event: March 3
Platelet Party
Later Event: April 14
Platelet Party