On Friday, December 16, Fauquier Hospital will host a Be the Match® event for those who would like to join the Be the Match® Registry for bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. All it takes is a quick cheek swab and filling out some paperwork. With the completion of these two tasks, participants will be members of a nationwide network of potential donors.
The Be the Match® event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital. It costs $100 to add each potential bone marrow donor to the nationwide registry, but those who join the registry are not required to pay anything.
If a match is confirmed, there is no cost to donors, and in most cases, donating bone marrow involves nothing more than donating blood —a small sacrifice for the chance to save a life.
By joining the registry, participants will be sending a message to thousands of cancer patients that they are not alone. Not all of these potential bone marrow recipients are strangers. There are five young cancer patients in the area right now who could at some point have to rely on the Be the Match® Registry to find bone marrow donors. One Fauquier child is in need of a transplant immediately. CLICK HERE to read entire article….