Enstrom's "Be The Match"

From: Ron R.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:30 PM

Contact:

Jamee Simons

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5/9/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Donate Life at Enstrom Candies

Location: Downtown retail store, 701 Colorado ave. Grand Junction, CO 81501

The “

Be the Match” Bone Marrow Drive will be at the downtown Enstrom Candies parking lot

on Wednesday, May 16

th 2012. To sign up as a potential donor requires only a quick cheek

swab. The St. Mary’s Bloodmobile will also be on site from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In November 2010, the last time the “

Be the Match” bone marrow drive stopped at Enstrom

Candies in Grand Junction, we were able to gather over 100 registrants for bone marrow

donations. The information gathered from the cheek swab is stored in a database and the

registrants are only contacted if they are determined to be a match to a person in need. This

registration process is quick and painless.

According to CNN Health, everyday in the United States an estimated 6,000 people need a

transplant. The Red Cross states that over 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday in the

U.S. and less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood. Just by donating blood one

time you can save the lives of up to three people. According to the “

Be The Match

Foundation, there are over 10,000 patients needing a bone marrow transplant and only half will

receive one.

The “

Be The Match” registry is brought to you by the members of the Rocky Mountain Leukemia

& Lymphoma Society and helps to save the lives of people with Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s

disease and Myeloma. Participants must be 18-60 years old and in good health to join the donor

registry. There are two ways to donate, join the registry with a quick swab of your cheek, or by

providing financial contributions to offset the cost of donor test costs. (about $100 each). To

contribute financially please visit:

www.bethematchfoundation.ort/goto/verda.

Donate life, by participating in the Enstrom Candies, Be the Match, donor drive.

About the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match:

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization, is the global leader

in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients in need. As Be The

Match®, we operate the Be The Match Registry®, the world’s largest listing of potential

marrow donors and donated cord blood units and raise funds to help provide transplants to all

patients through the Be The Match Foundation®. We also match patients with donors, educate

health care professionals and conduct research through our research arm, the Center for

International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR), so more lives can be saved.

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