Be the Match “Marrowthon”

The National Marrow Donor Program is holding its nationwide “Be the Match Marrowthon” from June 8 -22, allowing those willing to donate marrow or blood stem cells to join the registry for free. Normally, this costs between $50 – $100, so this is a fantastic opportunity. I just signed myself up–something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time–and it only took me about 7 minutes to sign up online. I’m really hoping I’m a match for somebody someday!

Red Cross blood donors, staff, volunteers and supporters are invited to go to the Web site and use the registration code PDX210066. This code is available from June 8 – June 22, 2009. Funding for the Marrowthon is limited, so sign up today. This really is an awesome opportunity.

With questions about the Marrowthon, please call 503-241-2242 ext. 15477. Or write to:

Only about 30 percent of patients requiring marrow or stem-cell transplants can find a matching donor within their families; the rest require unrelated donors…maybe an unrelated donor like you?
Click here for FAQ about the marrow registry.


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