Windham Hospital is teaming up with the National Marrow Donor Program and Hartford HealthCare to help give hope to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases.
Thousands of patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow transplant.
Doctors search the “Be the Match” registry to find donors who match their patients.
If an individual matches a patient, they will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (known as PBSC donation).
At least 70 percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.
In order to join the registry, individuals must meet these requirements:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 44
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need
- Meet the health guidelines
- Keep your contact information current with BeTheMatch.org
- Give a swab of your cheek so your tissue type can be determined
At the drive, individuals will be asked to complete a registration form with their contact information, health history and a signed agreement to join.
Registrants are asked to bring their insurance card, because most health insurance carriers will cover tissue typing and processing fees.
“Be The Match” has a fund to cover the registry fee if an individual’s insurance doesn’t cover the program.
For more information, call 1-855-494-INFO or Cancer Connect 1-855-255-6181 or visit www.windhamhospital.org.
Windham Hospital, founded in 1933, is a non-profit, acute-care community hospital serving 19 eastern Connecticut towns. It has 131 beds, conducts nearly 4,000 surgeries annually, and its emergency department has been ranked among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction.
Posted April 18, 2013
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