A bone marrow donors registry drive will be held on Monday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Emporia Fitness, 2812 W. 12th Ave. The drive has been organized by Greg Bachman, the former employer of Lisa Spillman Mesa of Broken Arrow, Okla., who has been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and the stem-cell transplant in an effort to rid her of acute myelogenous leukemia.
Mesa worked as a physical therapist at Emporia Physical Therapy. After been diagnosed with cancer she needed a bone marrow transplant but no compatible donors were found in the whole of United States. Later her stem cells came through an international bone marrow transplant.
Recognizing the scarcity of compatible bone marrows which has the potential of saving a life, this drive has been organized. Mesa is sending emails to all her friends and relatives to invite them to participate in this donors drive.
The cost of to register as a donor normally is $52 per person. However, because of the drive, the National Marrow Donor Program will give a $27 discount, dropping the cost to $25 per person. Bachman will pay that fee for any of his employees at Emporia Fitness and Emporia Physical Therapy. He also will pay the fee for anyone who becomes a member of Emporia Fitness for at least one month.
The fee is necessary to cover costs involved with typing and processing the DNA samples, which are taken by wiping the registrant’s mouth with four separate swabs.
To be eligible for the registry, a donor must be:
• In general good health
• Between the ages of 18 through 60
• Willing to donate to any patient in need
According to information from National Marrow Donor Program, there is no medical cost involved when donors give their marrow or stem cells. Donors also are reimbursed for travel expenses.
Donation is very simple and easy process. It is just like blood donation taking a bit more time. No pain is involved however. We earnestly request you to come forward in the name of humanity.
Source:THE EMPORIA GAZETTE