Updated: April 10, 2014 6:10AM
A Be The Match bone marrow registry drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Match 16 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, during the temple’s annual Purim festival.
The drive is open to those between the ages of 18 and 44 who are willing to sign up as potential bone marrow or stem cell donors for someone needing a transplant, such as those suffering with leukemia, lymphoma, other blood cancers or sickle cell anemia.
Would-be donors submit an application along with four mouth swabs to the National Marrow Donor Program, headquartered in Minneapolis. About 1 in 540 applicants donates bone marrow or stem cells to someone in need of a transplant.
According to Be The Match, a nonprofit, “The cure for blood cancers such as leukemia is in the hands of ordinary people.” By becoming a donor, one has the potential to save another’s life.
One of the members of Temple Anshe Sholom has a grandson who has leukemia and possibly will need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the future. Although his family have been involved in getting more than 600 people on the registry in the last five months, no known match has been found yet for him.
There is no charge to get on the registry, but donations are welcome.
For more information about the bone marrow donation process, visit www.bethematch.org.
For more information about the registry event, call (773) 779-4928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.