Cardon Children’s to host free marrow donor drive in November
MESA, Ariz. (Oct.27, 2011) -- What if you-- and only you-- could provide a cure to a child with a life-threatening cancer or blood disease? The truth is you may be that person. But, unless you are registered as a potential marrow donor, you may never have the opportunity to be that child’s cure.
Cardon Children’s Medical Center will host a Marrow Donor Drive with the National Marrow Donor Program on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fiesta Mall, 1445 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa. Nurses from the Cardon Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Unit, and other volunteers, will be available to answer questions and assist in registrations at Center Court in the Mall, just downstairs from the Food Court. No appointments are necessary, it is free to participate and registration takes only about 20 minutes.
The preliminary testing to be added to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) requires only a simple cheek swab and the completion of some paperwork. Any consenting adult in generally good health, between the ages of 18 – 60, can be screened to become a potential donor. If you match someone in need, now or in the future, additional testing will be done to review your health, compatibility and continuing commitment.
While donors of all kinds are sought, those of minority descent are especially encouraged to participate. Currently patients of minority descent are much less likely to find an appropriate genetic match on the national registry of bone marrow donors because they are tremendously underrepresented. By becoming registered you may be giving someone with a life-threatening disease new hope and a second chance at life.
There is sometimes a minimal processing fee to become registered with the NMDP. However, costs for this community service will be covered by Banner Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Banner Health. and will be free to all participants. Those who registered previously with the NMDP can also update their address and contact information at this event.
Editors: Patients available for interview on this topic. Contact Cardon Children’s Public Relations.
ABOUT BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION
Bone Marrow Transplantation is a highly-specialized procedure that uses chemotherapy at very high doses and/or radiation to eliminate cancer cells. The intensive treatment destroys the diseased cells, but the patient’s bone marrow is also destroyed. A new source of these cells must be provided through transplant to “rescue” the patient. Depending on the patient and their disease, these cells may be collected from the patient in advance, or a donor may be required. Donated cells are most often collected through the bloodstream, similar to plasma donation. Sometimes an outpatient surgical procedure is required. In all cases, healthy donors will regenerate the donated cells over the course of four to six weeks.
ABOUT CARDON CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
Cardon Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Offering a new, state-of-the-art facility at U.S. 60 and Dobson Road in Mesa, Cardon Children’s has greatly expanded the scope of pediatric care in the Valley including 208 inpatient pediatric beds.
Cardon Children’s Medical Center is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, one of the largest, non-profit health systems in the country with 23 hospitals in seven states. For more information on Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.BannerHealth.com/CardonChildrens.