Church holds marrow donor registry drive

August 15, 2013 2:35:06 AM PDT
Members of Peace Missionary Baptist Church are holding a marrow donor registry drive on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 2608 Apex Highway (NC Hwy 55) in Durham.

People between the ages of 18 to 44 are asked to attend and join the Be The Match donor registry.

Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

Those attending the marrow donor drive fill out a registration form and have a simple cheek swab to have their tissue tested.

The first step to becoming a bone marrow donor is to join the Be The Match Registry. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like 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.

This past March, ABC11 morning meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker said he'd shave his head if more than 250 people registered to be bone marrow donors.

ABC11 is planning to once again team up with the Be The Match national bone marrow donor program for a ABC11 Match Madness event in March 2014.

We'll have more information about the drive in the months ahead.

In the meantime, you can register anytime to be a bone marrow donor.

Click here to register with Be The Match.

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