Help save a life with national bone marrow registry

Some 70 percent of patients needing a marrow transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family.

register nowEvery three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, and the UAB Medical Student Oncology Interest Group is trying to help.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, representatives from the OIG will host a drive for Be The Match to help expand the national bone marrow registry. Representatives and volunteers from Be the Match will be present to help people fill out paperwork and obtain buccal swabs for HLA typing.

According to Be the Match, thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle-cell anemia need a marrow transplant to survive. By signing the registry, this does not mean someone is signing up to donate bone marrow. In fact, most people in the registry are never contacted to donate bone marrow.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Volker Hall’s Lecture Room A. For more information, please call 205-552-9371.