WHY ARE WE HOSTING THE DRIVE? It can mean the difference between life and death. The R4 Race Committee was inspired to hold a Bone Marrow Drive for the first time in 2008 when we learned of a young man from Monticello, Jared Carlew, who was in need of a donor. Jared, a brave 21 year old, stood before the R4 family of runners, walkers and volunteers, and told us all how important it was that we all become donors. We reported later that year, with great sadness, that Jared passed away. He never had the transplant. Jared’s death has not been in vain. Since that day he addressed us all, the R4 has added over 500 names to the international bone marrow donor bank.
There are many fortunate recipients in our community that found a match, had a transplant and are in remission. Others never find the match, like Gil Sandvoss of Sackett Lake, N.Y., who we also introduced you to in 2008. Gil passed away in September, 2010, never having found the match.
Perhaps you are that match. Perhaps you can save a life. A wonderful life, like Jared’s or Gil’s.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Participating in the donor program is easy. All you need to do to help save a life is a simple cheek swab. If you are a match, you will be notified. You always have the option of moving forward or not. All donations are out-patient procedures.
WHAT IS THE COST? Free, unless you would like to make a donation. (The actual cost for the testing process is $65.00).
WHY IS THIS NEEDED? There are 6000 patients searching the National Donor Program Registry for a donor each day. One in four patients will not find a match.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO DONATE? When you arrive at the Health Fair Tent, go to the Marrow Drive table. Fill out a one page form; let a professional take a swab of the inside of your cheek, and you are good to go. The whole process takes just a few minutes.
Today, DKMS is the world's largest marrow donor center with over 1.7 million registered bone marrow donors. Since its founding, DKMS has facilitated more than 15,000 transplants.
The mission of DKMS is to give every blood cancer patient a second chance at life by recruiting bone marrow donors from every race and ethnicity. They inspire hope and healing by matching donors with patients around the world in need of a bone marrow transplant.
DKMS Americas is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information about DKMS and to learn more about registering as a bone marrow donor, please visit www.dkmsamericas.org
SEE YOU RACE DAY!
THANKS FOR TRYING TO HELP SAVE A LIFE.
THANKS FOR GIVING HOPE TO SO MANY WHO NEED IT.
R4 Patient Fund Committee