Team Cruz needs our help!
Cruz is 9 years old and enjoys playing video games and spending time with his family and frineds. On December 19, 2013 Cruz was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer (Aplastic Anema). Cruz's best chance for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunatley, he has an uncommon HLA Typing (DNA) due to a gene found within the Hispanic population. As a result, patients with rare genetic type, espcially racial and ethnic minorities like Cruz, have difficulty finding a match. Donors and patients who share the same ancestry are most likely to match. Not enough diverse, committed potential marrow donors have joined. You can change that!
Join the Registry
Be The Match and KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates) have teamed up with Baptist Health Louisville Hospital by hosting a donor drive to increase the awareness and the need for more marrow and organ/tissue donors for the thousands of patients that are in need of a life-saving transplant. The first step to giving those a second chance at Life is to join both Registry's. To join the Be The Match Registry, you must be betweent the ages of 18 to 44. Research has shown patients who receive marrow frm this age group have better outrcomes. A simple cheek swab is alll that is needed to determine if you could be a MATCH! To join KODA'S Registry you must be at least 16 years of age.
Join the Be The Match & KODA's Donor Registry
Please consider joining at our 2 -day event on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Louisville Hospital - 4000 Kresge Way, Louisville, KY 40207 and
Friday, May 30, 2014 from 10am to 4pm at Baptist Milestone - 750 Cypress Station Drive, Louisville, KY 40207
Make A Donation
Be The Match relies on contributions from people like you so that it can further its mission. Donations are used to support adding more potential donors to the registry, provide financial assistance to patients and donors who need it, and help improvie the quality of life for patients through scientific research. To maximize the number of people that can be added during our drive, please help us in our fundraising efforts. Any contributions made will be greatly appreciated and will help save lives!
To make a donation online, click "Make A Gift” on the top left of this page. If you prefer to mail contributions, please make check/money order payable to Be The Match Foundation and mail check(s) to Be The Match , P.O. Box 157277, Cincinnati,OH 45215, c/o Dannie Terre Moore.
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