Bone Marrow Registry coming to Logan

Last updated: May 01. 2014 10:38AM - 439 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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Have you ever wanted to help someone and not know how to do it? Have you ever wanted to make a difference in someone’s life by actually helping to save their life? There is a simple way to accomplish this, and all you have to do is have a big heart and matching bone marrow.

On Saturday, May 3 there will be a Bone Marrow Registry Drive held at the Logan County High School from 7-11 a.m. This event will coincide with the Relay for Life pancake breakfast. Organizer Jamie Taylor says it is her hope to get lots of people to come out and be tested and put on the registry to donate this precious life saving marrow.

The test is not difficult and it is painless. Just a swab of the mouth will do it and then on the registry you go to hopefully be matched with someone who will need the marrow to survive.

Donating bone marrow is very personal for Taylor, as her sister was diagnosed with Leukemia. It wasn’t easy for Jamie and her family to get the news, as it wouldn’t be for anyone who had a loved one diagnosed with such a disease. Traci Thomas-Whetstones, just married for three months, had started feeling tired and running a constant fever, when she went to the doctor to check on what she thought was a tick bite, she got the news of her leukemia.

Those with these types of illnesses sometimes need bone marrow transplants. This is why Taylor became involved and wanted to help others with spreading the news of donating.

Taylor has made it her mission to find out as much information as she can about bone marrow transplants. She has even become an ambassador, educating the public on donation.

Most people do not realize that out of the 10 plus million people in the Be the Match Registry, it can still be extremely hard for a patient to find a matching donor. This is one of the reasons Taylor had decided to make it her mission to help her sister and others by trying to educate people on the importance of donating bone marrow.

“I want to help those whop need bone marrow to find their matches,” said Taylor.

Because it is so hard to find matches, time is of the essence. There are thousands of people waiting for a match and all you have to do is want to help. The process is not what most people realize. It’s actually very simple. All you have to do is subject yourself to a mouth swab of your cheeks. Then you will be placed on the registry and if a match is found, you will be contacted.

If you are interested in joining the registry, please come out and be swabbed. If you can not make that event, you can go to BeTheMatch.org and order a kit that will be sent to your home. It’s easy.

For many patients, a marrow transplant offers their best or only-hope for a cure. Just think, if it were someone you loved and they needed a marrow transplant, you would hope there would be a match out there waiting for them, and that only comes from loving and caring donors which want to help save someone’s life.

Every year, more than 10,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated adult donor or umbilical cord blood unit.

Both Jamie and Traci are graduates of Logan County High School. They are the daughters of Gary and Janeen Thomas.

If you would like more information about the bone marrow transplant program, please visit BeTheMatch.org or contact Taylor at 270-221-5724 or jamie.thomas@topper.wku.edu.

Make a difference in someone’s life, be a donor.

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