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Windham Hospital to host “Be the Match” bone marrow drive

April 18, 2013 Local News No Comments
At least 70 percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.

At least 70 percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.

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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.

The hospital will host the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry on Tuesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bernard Desrosier room on the third floor of the hospital.

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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