You can help save lives by spending 15 minutes
The MCNY Bone Marrow Drive & Health Fair!
Monday, November 15th, 2010 12 noon – 6pm
12th Floor Audrey Cohen Gallery
By having your cheek swabbed and enrolling in a Bone Marrow Registry. A bone marrow transplant can mean the difference between life and death for the 43,000 people diagnosed each year with leukemia.
Minorities are vastly underrepresented in the bone marrow registries, which means the chance of finding a life saving match is dramatically smaller. You can sign up to be a bone marrow donor on November 15. What are you doing that day that is more important than potentially saving a life?
MCNY will be co-hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive on Monday, November 15th, 2010, with “Preserve Our Legacy,” a nonprofit founded by MCNY alum Shana Melius.
All it takes to save a life is a swab inside your cheek and a little paperwork. “Signing up is simple, but a serious commitment. Donating is relatively painless, contrary to popular belief. And if the transplant succeeds, the results are astonishing,” wrote Melinda Beck in a Wall Street Journal article. “A small amount of donated bone marrow, about 5% of the donor’s total, can not only replenish a leukemia patient’s diseased supply but the donated cells also seek out and destroy any remaining cancer cells and then keep growing.”