In 2015 we raised over $2,700 with your generous support.
Please help us raise another $5,000 to reach our goal in 2016.
Phoebe Ward is an 8 year old girl adopted from South Korea at 8 months of age. She is an active and vibrant 3rd grader who loves Tae Kwon Do, basketball, lacross, cheerleading and having fun!
In September of 2015 Phoebe was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a reare and life-threatening immunodeficiency. Phoebe's treatement includes high dose steroids and chemotherapy, however a bone marrow transplant may be her only hope of a cure.
How YOU can help:
Every year over 14,000 patients with a blood cancer diagnosis like sickle cell, leukemia, and lymphoma will require a life saving marrow transplant. 70% of these patients will rely on the Be The Match Registry for their matching donor. Patients with diverse ancestry have a more difficult time finding a matching donor. You can change that. Join. Give.
Come out and Join the Be The Match Registry at one of our Live Registration Events.
A list of upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/fightforphoebe?ref=hl
Can't make the event? Join on-line at: http://join.bethematch.org/FightForPhoebe
Give. Help us reach our $5,000 goal in support of the Be The Match mission! To make a contribution online, please click on the blue "Make a Gift" box to the right under our logo.
Checks can be made out to: "Be The Match Foundation" and sent to:
P.O. Box 1013, Carlisle, PA 17013 Attn: Aimee Haskew (please put "Fight For Phoebe" in the memo line)
To be a member of the registry, all you need is to:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 44. (Missed the drive? Between 45-60? Join online at http://join.bethematch.org/FightForPhoebe). Be sure the promo code "FightForPhoebe" appears in the promo code box.
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need.
- Meet the basic health guidelines.
If you are unable to join, please consider making a financial contribution to help keep the registry growing or volunteering your time for this important cause.
IF YOU MATCH A PATIENT, YOU WILL DONATE IN ONE OF TWO WAYS
The patient’s doctor requests one of two types of donation, depending on what is best for the patient.
Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is the most common form of donating today (about 70% of donors will be asked to donate via this method). This is a non-surgical, out-patient procedure. For five days before donation, the donor receives daily injections of a medication that increases blood-forming cells in the bloodstream. On the fifth day, the donor’s blood is removed through an IV in one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to the donor through an IV in the other arm.
Marrow donation is a surgical, usually out-patient procedure. While the donor is under general anesthesia, the doctor withdraws liquid marrow from the back of the pelvic bone. The donor’s marrow completely replaces itself within four to six weeks. After donation, marrow donors will have soreness and stiffness in the lower back area, but they are usually back to their normal routine in one to seven days.
Click here to watch a short video that explains why your commitment is so important: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGnpFLiD-vg&feature=youtu.be
The need for diversity is very important; of the 12.5 million members on the registry, only 10% are Hispanic, 7% are African American, 7% are Asian and 4% are multiracial.