PRESS RELEASE: Be a Super Hero. Get Swabbed Today.

Posted on: April 27, 2012

East Lansing, Mich. -- The Health and Risk Communication Center hosts a quick sign-up to join the Bone Marrow Registry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Deeb Room, Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. "It's such a simple process," said Alyssa Whitmore, Junior Human Resources Major. You simply fill out a general information form and then use a q-tip to swab your cheeks. It's quick and painless. Within five minutes, you'll be placed on the donor registry and ready to save a life. "I would strongly recommend it to everyone because it is an extremely rewarding process and really could help save a life," said Whitmore. Over the past 25 years, Be The Match Registry has made 50,000 transplants possible. Many of the transplants are from donors unrelated to the recipients. "This person (donor) is actually giving a new chance to my son," said Connie Garay. Her five-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors said bone marrow transplant was his only hope of cure. Her son was not the only one waiting for a super hero to save his life. "Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life," said Robert Graves, Founder of the National Marrow Donor Program. Be The Match Registry has now grown to 9 million donors. It is the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse registry of its kind in the world. Don't hesitate to take five minutes to get swabbed. You can save a life and a family today. Remember, it is a painless procedure and it is up to the donor to decide if they would like to continue if they are a match. For more information, please visit and learn how you can be the match.

Chien-ying Wang

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