(Torrington) The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will host a marrow donor registration drive on Wednesday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hospital’s ground floor cafeteria small dining room to add new potential donors to the ”Be the Match” Registry.
Registration is simple, requiring only paperwork and a cheek swab. No blood is taken at registration. You must be between the ages of 18 and 60, in good general health and willing to donate to any person you may match to join the registry. There is no out of pocket cost to join the Registry.
Certain medical conditions will make you ineligible to join the registry. Every day thousands of patients who need a life-saving marrow or blood stem cell transplant are searching for a matching donor. There are more than 15 million donors worldwide who stand ready to give someone a future, yet even with a registry of millions, there are patients waiting and hoping, unable to find a match.
For information about the Bone Marrow registry process and eligibility, contact Jennifer St. Peter at 401-714-6240 or [email protected]. You may also visit www.BeTheMatch.org. For more information on Charlotte’s Drive, call Community Relations and Development at 860-496-6725.
A marrow or blood stem cell transplant is a way to treat and possibly cure people with leukemia, lymphoma and other deadly diseases. Patients in need of a marrow or blood stem cell transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity. Donation, if you match, is typically done through an automated blood donation (75% of the time) or a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia (25%).
Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Be The Match facilitates unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplants as a single point of access for a long-standing collaborative network of national and international leading medical facilities in marrow and cord blood transplantation. Be The Match connects patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.