Today and the Monroe Crossing Mall from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., anyone interested in become a bone marrow donor between the ages of 18 and 44 can register.
The event is organized by Corey Cohen in honor of her brother-in-law Anthony who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Jan. 2012.
Cohen wrote in a statement:
My sister's husband, Anthony, was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2012 at the age of 35, and just 2 1/2 months after their first and only child was born. After many rounds of chemotherapy & multiple hospital stays, he went into remission. However, this past May, at a regular check up, he learned that the leukemia had returned. His team of doctors quickly decided that he would need a bone marrow transplant in order to survive.
I started researching how I could be tested to see if I could be a match for Anthony, but I quickly learned that there were no bone marrow drives planned anywhere within driving distance, so I decided to organize my own. A bone marrow drive with "Be the Match" will be held in Anthony's honor this coming Tuesday, July 30 at the Monroe Mall from 3-7pm. It will just take a small amount of time to stop by, fill out some paperwork, and swab the inside of your cheek, and that's it! You will quickly become part of the National Bone Marrow Registry and, if you're lucky enough, save someone's life! And please know that donating bone marrow is not the painful, scary process so many believe it is. 90% of the time, you can just have blood drawn where the life-saving stem cells needed can be collected.
Please consider coming out and joining the National Bone Marrow Registry. There will be plenty of perks- coupons for free food from Chick-fil-a and Bruster's, along with other give aways and raffle tickets for purchase with great prizes-all of the money raised from raffle tickets will be put towards Anthony's medical bills. You must be between the ages of 18 and 44 to join the registry, but if you do not fall between those ages, please consider making a donation or purchasing raffle tickets.
I know you do not know Anthony, or probably any of the thousands of others on the list seeking a match, but what could be better than having the ability to truly save someone's life? The cure for blood cancer looks like you. Do something big. Save a life.