Hadley Mercer is 8 months old and the happiest baby you’ll ever meet. December 6, 2013, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Due to chromosomal abnormalities and lack of response to traditional chemotherapy, Hadley needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. This little fighter is strong, and with a bone marrow transplant she can continue her fight!
A donor drive has been scheduled in Hadley’s honor to increase the pool of donors in hope of finding a match for her. A simple cheek swab is all that is needed to determine if you could be a MATCH for this most beloved baby. You could be the one to save Hadley’s life. You could be the one to save a child just like her.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 (especially 18-44), are generally healthy, and are willing to donate to anyone in need, we are asking you to join the registry. Even if you are already registered or do not meet the criteria, there is a significant need to raise funds for this organization and the life saving work that they do. It costs the National Marrow Donor Program approximately $100 to register each person. Funds raised will go to Be The Match in honor of “Hope-4-Hadley” to help offset those costs. It is our wish that every patient who needs this lifesaving therapy receive it. That can only be accomplished with help from all of us.
Please come and support this life changing event by joining the registry, and giving Hadley a chance at life. The cure starts with YOU…
Here's How You Can Help TODAY!
1. Join the Registry
It is so simple to register! To register, all you do is (1) complete a donor consent form and (2) swab your cheeks. That’s it!
Effective October 1, 2012, only potential donors between the
ages of 18-44 years old can join the marrow registry at a live drive.
Everyone 45-60 (until 60th birthday) years old can only
join the registry on-line at http://www.bethematch.org
Be The Match Marrow Registry Drive
When: Saturday, February 15th
Time: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
When: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
8500 Walnut Grove Road
Contact: David Clark, Drive Coordinator, (901) 601-0662
Mary LeSueur, Be the Match representative, (662) 403-0091
The need for diversity is very important; of the 10.5 million members on the registry, only 10% are Hispanic, 7% are African American and 7% are Asian.
2. Contribute: Our Fundraising Goal is $2,500.00!
Click on "Make a Gift" and make your tax-deductible contribution now, “on-line”
mail donations to:
Be The Match Foundation
ATTN: Mary LeSueur
8700 Stateline Road, Suite 340
Leawood, KS 66206
**Checks should be made payable to Be The Match Foundation and be sure to include “Hope-4-Hadley” on the memo line.
Tissue typing is an expensive process, so financial contributions of any size are greatly appreciated, and you can make a donation right here on this page. You can also make donations at the donor drive.
What takes only minutes to do, could make a lifetime of difference to a patient and could save the life of Baby Hadley or any number of others in need. Think about giving the “gift of life”!
Team Be The Match is important to us:
Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow transplant by raising funds to add more potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry. We are looking to raise a total of $2,500.00 to help pay for the HLA tissue typing of volunteer donors on the Be The Match Registry in our area. Remember, thousands of patients rely on this registry to find an unrelated marrow donor to save their lives. It costs Be the Match approximately $100 for each donor to be tested and added to the registry. Any amount will help!
Why You Should Help:
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from people like us so that it can further its mission. Together we can help save lives! By supporting us, your "tax-deductible" contribution will help to add new donors to this lifesaving registry. Once a donor is added to the registry they remain searchable by patients until the donor turns age 61. Your financial contribution today can mean numerous lives saved today and for years to come.
What Does Be the Match Do?
Be The Match works to provide hope and deliver a second chance at life to patients by:
* Recruiting and supporting potential donors: To connect patients with donors, Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — nearly 8 million marrow donors and nearly 100,000 cord blood units. Donors can turn to their Donor Advocacy Program for support throughout the donation process.
* Supporting patients: To help patients access treatment, Be The Match offers financial support and educational resources.
* Educating doctors: Referring physicians can turn to Be The Match for information about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant.
* Advancing science: Be The Match's research programs have advanced the science of bone marrow and cord blood transplant, from better matching the right donor to the right patient for improving post-transplant treatment.
Our partnership will not only help raise awareness and raise much needed funds for those currently in need, it just might help save someone’s life. The need for donors is critical, on-going, and with your help, within our grasp.
*Attend the live drive and register...invite your family and friends to join us as well.
*Help us raise money. Any contribution is welcomed.
*Spread the word, the more people we register and money we raise the more matches we can find the thousands of patients that search for a match and their second chance at life!
If you have questions pertaining to being a registered donor, organizing a marrow registration donor drive in your area or “tax-deductible” financial donations, feel free to contact drive coordinator, David Clark, (901) 601-0662, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Be the Match Representative, Mary LeSueur, email@example.com, (877) 601-1926, ext. 7745; or (cell) 662-403-0091. To learn more about Be the Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, visit: http://www.bethematch.org
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