In honor of Nash
During Nash's regular six-week checkup, his parents learned that something was very wrong. Nash's hemoglobin was at a mere 2, far from the more typical reading of around 14. Immediately, he was transported by ambulance to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, where he spent 3 or 4 days in intensive care. Nash's parents learned that their son's body doesn't produce blood, so 2-year-old Nash has been undergoing blood transfusions while they wait for a diagnosis and possible bone marrow transplant. Nash's mom, Lori, is a UMC alumna and has shared Nash's story while helping to educate many students on our campus about the great need for bone marrow donors.
As we rally around Nash, some of us celebrate successful bone marrow transplants among our friends and families. Some of us honor the memory of loved ones lost. But we all want to raise awareness for the great need for bone marrow donors!
Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant by raising funds to add potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry®. By supporting me, you will help raise funds for patients in need of an unrelated marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Together we have the potential to truly make a difference to thousands of men, women and children like Nash in need of a life-saving transplant.
How YOU can help:
There are TWO ways you can help:
First, if you are between 18 and 44 years of age, please consider joining the Bone Marorw Donor Registry. On campus, we will be holding a drive April 29 and 30, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. Students, staff, faculty, community members--we need you all! If you have questions about the process, please join us Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Evergreen Hall Classroom for an info session and panel discussion of those who have been there, among them alumni Justin Erdmann and his sister Ashleigh, who successfully donated bone marrow to Justin 10 years ago.
Maybe beyond the preferred 18 - 44 age limit? Please consider a financial donation! Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from community members to further its mission. Proceeds will help add potential donors to the Be The Match Registry®. I hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!
To make a contribution online, please click on the blue "Make a Gift" box under my photo.
What does Be The Match do?
Be The Match connects patients with life-saving marrow donors. We help save lives by:
- Recruiting potential donors: Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — more than 10.5 million marrow donors and nearly 185,000 cord blood units.
- Supporting patients: Be The Match provides financial assistance to patients and their families to help offset costs of a marrow transplant.
- Educating doctors: Doctors turn to Be The Match to learn about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant.
- Advancing science: Be The Match supports research to advance the science of marrow transplant, from improved donor and patient matching to improving post-transplant treatment.
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