Every year more than 10,000 men, women and children face life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Ceci Christenson, a Gilbert teen, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), the name for a group of blood disorders, in September 2009.
For patients with MDS, the bone marrow does not function normally- and a marrow transplant becomes necessary for survival.
Thankfully for Ceci, one of her two brothers was found to be a tissue match.
But if a close relative is not a match, patients can face a needle-in-a-haystack search for a donor. Many die unless they find a match.
According to the National Marrow Donor Program, seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family depend on the program’s Be The Match Registry® to find a compatible donor.
This week, the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital will host the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match: MARROWTHON Donor Recruitment Campaign.
Stop by one of the following locations for a quick cheek swab. Who knows? You could save a life.
MARROWTHON SCHEDULE – May 3th – 5th:
- May 3 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 East Thomas Road, Phoenix Main Lobby
- May 4 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mayo Clinic,13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, in the Taylor Auditorium on the Concourse Level of the Clinic.
- May 5 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, in Conference Room 1-212, located just off the atrium of the Main Hospital Building. (Ask at front desk for directions, if needed.)