March 24, 2017 at Compass Lexecon in Chicago.
Please join us Sunday, December 4th at Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant in Crystal Lake for a #MarrowMeCara and #bethematch bone marrow donor registry drive.
Registering to be a donor is safe/ easy, and only requires a swab of the mouth with a Q-tip. Registering takes about 10 minutes. Being a bone marrow donor is an important commitment, so please make sure to read below for more details.
Here’s what you need to know to register:
– Ages 18-44
– Willing to Donate and save the life of *anyone* in the registry
– 1 in 480 registered donors go on to donate
– Free Registration
-In general, must be free of any personal history of certain types of cancer, insulin-dependent diabetes or heart disease, but each registrant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
-Able to provide personal information/ detailed medical history including medications
If you are identified as a match…
Bone marrow transplants are quite simple and painless for the donor.
-A 30 to 40 hour time commitment is required and spread over a four to six week period to attend appointments and donate.
-About 80% of the time, donation only requires Peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is a non-surgical procedure (similar to donating blood).
-About 20% of the time, actual marrow is required where a small amount of liquid marrow is withdrawn from the back of the pelvic bone while under anesthesia. The body regenerates within 3-6 weeks.
-After either procedure, the donor is back to full capacity after a few days. The biggest complaint is a little achiness after the procedure. That’s all it takes to save a life.
Hear from a donor here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=tKSO8XPs5Rk
Cara is a 2013 DePaul graduate who has been teaching in South Korea for the past 3 years. After a few months of not feeling well, her ankles swelled up and she lost all energy to do basic everyday tasks. Soon after a checkup at the doctor, Cara was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease called APLASTIC ANEMIA. It’s a rare disorder where your bone marrow doesn’t produce enough blood cells and attacks itself. The only cure for Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow transplant.
Cara has moved back to Chicago and is preparing for treatment. Unfortunately, Cara is like 70% of other patients and does not have a transplant match in her family.
“Marrow Me Cara” was created by Cara and her family to raise awareness about bone marrow diseases, the importance of joining the registry, and to dismantle the fear of becoming a donor. Please join us!
Can’t make it, but want to help???
That’s okay! You can help in these ways…
-SHARE our event with your FB friends
– Host a Drive!