[Update: download a Press Release for this event here]
Dear Members of the Central Maine Community,
I am writing to let you know of an event happening on the University of Maine at Augusta campus this month. On Thursday, February 26, you have a chance to save someone’s life.
Right now, there are millions of people across the United States suffering from a variety of syndromes and cancers of the blood:
- Globoid-Cell Leukodystrophy
- Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
The names of these diseases are strange, but there’s a stark truth behind them: without a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor, these people will die. With a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor, many of these people will live.
The difference between life and death is you.
There is a way for you to save the life of someone suffering from one of the diseases listed above: join the Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry.
It’s quick, simple and painless: all you need to do is swab your cheek so a lab can figure out your bone marrow type.
It costs you nothing to join the registry if you’re in the age range for the healthiest marrow: 18-44 years of age.
If you are a match to save someone’s life, the Be the Match Foundation will pay all expenses associated with your donation.
The only way to fight these odds and save these individuals’ lives is to convince more members of our community to join the bone marrow registry. Only by signing up for the registry and spreading the word to our networks and circles can we make an impact on the current critical situation for people requiring bone marrow transplants. For these reasons, I urge you to attend the Bone Marrow Drive and join the Be The Match bone marrow registry. If you are outside the optimal age range of 18-44 to join the registry, please help spread the word.
The details for the UMA Bone Marrow Drive are:
- Thursday, February 26, 2014, 10 AM to 2 PM
- University of Maine at Augusta
- Randall Student Center Lobby (next to the bookstore and the cafe)
- Directions from the North: Take Interstate 95 south to exit 112, turn left off exit ramp. Go about .75 miles and turn right at the UMA entrance sign.
- Directions from the South: Take Interstate 95 north to Exit 112 A, turn right off exit ramp. Go about .75 miles and turn right at the UMA entrance sign.
- Event web page: http://wp.me/p5sjUK-29
- For more information on the National Bone Marrow Registry program: http://bethematch.org
All members of the Central Maine community are welcome.
If you have any questions about the Bone Marrow Drive taking place on Thursday, February 26, please feel free to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-621-3190.
James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science
University of Maine at Augusta