ALTON — Friends at Senior Services Plus are hosting a donor registry drive Thursday, Nov. 13.
Their goal is to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors, in honor of their Zumba Gold Instructor Karen Veith, who is battling acute myeloblastic leukemia.
Area residents can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton, using a simple cheek swab. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed, as patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone who shares their same race or ethnicity. Potential donors must be in good general health and between the ages of 18 and 44.
The cost to add each new member to the Be The Match Registry is about $100. Be The Match relies on financial contributions to cover these costs. Contributions to Be The Match Foundation help add more members to the Be The Match Registry, giving more patients hope for a cure. Those joining the Be The Match Registry are asked to give what they can. Donations to support this drive can be made at www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/karenv.
For thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match — and a second chance at life. While many patients do find the life-saving match they need each year, more donors are needed to help increase the likelihood that all patients will find a match. Financial contributions to Be The Match Foundation and volunteers are also needed to help save lives.
For more information, visit www.BeTheMatch.org or call (800) MARROW-2.