In the New Egypt Day that is May 16, the Mom’s Club of New Egypt will hold a stem cell bone marrow drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the municipal building, in memory of Matthew Brand, a teen died from leukemia, whose last wishes was to organise a bone marrow drive to save patients suffering from deadly leukemia.

Matthew did not able to survive despite having the transplant and even though he went into remission for 18 months. But he believed that stem cell transplant is the one way to save people.

DKMS America, an organization providing the supplies for the bone marrow drive, claimed that each year more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. But only three out of 10 patients could able to receive the bone marrow transplant that could save their lives.

Stephanie Palmer McMahon, president of the Mom’s Club of New Egypt, is encouraging residents to enjoy New Egypt Day and help save a life at the same time. The goal of the Mom’s Club is to have 500 people participate in the bone marrow drive.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and must be in good general health.

A collection of cheek cells using a cottontipped swab is taken and sent to a lab to determine the tissue type. The data is then entered into the national registry in anonymous form so doctors can search for a donor for their patients.

If a donor is selected as a match for a patient, there are two procedures, both outpatient, that may be done to donate the marrow.

Approximately 80 percent of collections are performed by peripheral blood stem cell, which involves taking daily medication four to five days before the collection to increase blood stem cells. The donor’s blood is removed from one arm, passed through a machine that separates out the cells used in transplant, and returned through the other arm.

About 20 percent of collections are performed through marrow tissue, in which doctors collect the cells with a special needle from the pelvic bone, where a small amount of marrow containing stem cells is extracted. This is a surgical procedure done under general or local anesthesia, so the donor does not experience pain during the collection process.

For more information, contact McMahon at 609-758-8869. To organize a bone marrow drive in your community, visit www.dkmsamericas. org.

Source: Tri-Town News