Be the match and save a life

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.

You can listen to our interview with Ceci here, and find out more about Ceci’s mission to raise awareness on her website, Ceci’s Climb.

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.

A simple, painless swab of the cheek is all it takes to join the registry. And the more people who join- the more likely that patients will find a 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.


  • 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.)
Still not convinced? Take a look at how easy it is, and meet a little guy who is waiting.


One response to “Be the match and save a life

  1. I would like additional info on where I can go locally to become a donor. I live in the Tri-Cites area of TN.

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