University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Join University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in saving lives!
We added 84 new potential donors to the Be The Match registry on March 20th and raised almost $800! Be The Match representatives commented that this event was one of the most organized drives they’ve experienced. Students from our athletic training program ensured that the drive ran smoothly.
The event was held in honor of Malena Brown, a 15-year old native of Williamsport, PA who is battling leukemia. Pin-ups were sold as part of our fundraising efforts. All pin ups sold will be displayed at a fundraising event and donor drive for Malena on April 5, 2014 in Williamsport, PA.
Missed the drive but still want to help? You can still contribute financially – just click on the blue "make a gift" box on the right side of this page! Help us break the $1,000 mark!
Your gift on behalf of University of Pittsburgh-Bradford helps patients receive the care and treatment they need for a second chance at life. Patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma often face three barriers that keep them from receiving a life-saving marrow transplant they need: affording transplant, finding a matching donor, and developing complications. Your gift provides hope and healing to patients and their families during a most difficult time.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to save someone’s life?
How YOU can help:
There are many people dealing with a blood cancer diagnosis. For those needing to find a matching donor they search Be The Match Registry.
• Help us reach our $1000 goal in support of the Be The Match mission!
• It costs $100 to add each new registry member.
• To make a contribution online, please click on the blue "Make a Gift" box.
• Join the Registry! You could be someone's cure.
Checks can be made out and mailed to:
Be The Match Foundation, Attn: Juliette Williams, P.O. Box 854, Columbia, MD 21044
Below is more information about joining the registry:
To be a member of the registry, all you need is to:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 44. (Registrants 45-60 are still able to join online at www.bethematch.org/join).
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need.
- Meet the basic health guidelines.
If you are unable to join, please consider becoming a volunteer to help recruit members, or make a financial contribution to help keep the registry growing.
The conditions below would prevent you from joining the Be the Match Registry:
- HIV or risk of HIV
- Hepatitis or risk for Hepatitis
- Most forms of heart disease or cancer
- Chronic lung disease
- Diabetes requiring insulin or diabetes-related health issues
- Diseases that affect blood clotting or bleeding
- Recent back surgery, or severe or ongoing back problems
- Autoimmune/neurological disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis
- Being an organ or marrow transplant recipient
- Significant obesity
IF YOU MATCH A PATIENT:
Below are the steps to donation if you are identified as a match for someone.
TWO WAYS TO DONATE
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. This is a non-surgical, out-patient procedure. For five days before donation, the donor receives daily injections of a drug that increases blood-forming cells in the bloodstream. On the fifth day, the donor’s blood is removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to the donor through the other arm.
Marrow donation is a surgical, usually out-patient procedure. While the donor us under anesthesia, the doctor uses a needle to withdraw 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 slight soreness, but they are back to their usual routine in one to seven days.
Please feel free to contact our Be The Match representative, Juliette Williams, at 202-680-9227 or email Jwilliam@nmdp.org if you have any questions.
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