NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Bone Marrow Donors save Lives

By: Kym Grinnage email

Many of us know someone close to us whose life was saved because someone decided to be a donor.

This year more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease like sickle cell anemia, leukemia, or blood cancer that may cause them to need a bone marrow transplant.

Unfortunately, someone in the United States dies from blood cancer disease every 9 minutes, which represents 58,000 people per year. And because only 30% of those needing bone marrow transplants will find a match within their own family the importance of anonymous donors is truly lifesaving.

The members of the James River Valley Chapter of the Links Incorporated have teamed up with 
"Be The Match Registry" to bring awareness to this problem and to increase the amount of the donor pool.  Be The Match is an international organization that manages the largest and most diverse bone marrow databank in the world.

Any healthy adult between the ages of 18-44 can become a part of the registry in the event that a transplant is needed. Registering only takes 15 minutes for you, but it will translate into a lifetime for someone else.

For more information please go to: Bethematch.org or contact someone at jamesrivervalleylinks.org 

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