It’s not easy being a Match maker! At any given time, 6,000 critically ill people throughout the world search the “Be The Match” Registry for a donorMarrow Donor Drive match—that match could be you. Wednesday, June 13 Join the “Be The Match” Registry and participate in the District-sponsored bone marrow donor drive conducted by Noon to 5:00 pm City of Hope. The entire registration and sample tissue process takes less than 15 minutes.Palm Desert Administration Employees in Coachella, Palm Desert, West Shores and all Training Rooms WRPs are encouraged to participate, including your friends and family in the community. Employees should work with their supervisors to coordinate timing for donations. The District allows you to participate and donate on company time, including your drive to and from Palm Desert. For more information contact Gabino Cabanilla, ext. 2243 To sign up, send anyone in HR an Email with your name and time you plan to participate in the drive.
Register for the Marrow Donor Drive:The Chance of a Lifetime…The District is partnering with Be The Match Registry at City of Hope Marrow Donor Driveto register bone marrow donors. Our primary objective for the driveis to register donors to find a suitable match for Steve Robbins, our When: Wednesday, June 13General Manager-Chief Engineer. As you all know, Steve is undergoing Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.chemotherapy at City of Hope due to leukemia. Steve’s brother was Where: Training Roomstested and was not an acceptable match for his bone marrowtransplant. So, we are hopeful that many of you will consider Palm Desert Adminregistering and, perhaps, one of you may be an acceptable matchfor Steve.It’s about helping patientsBe The Match Registry is the largest, most diverse marrow and blood stem cell registry in the world—facilitatingcritically needed transplants for patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases across the country.Be The Match will register potential donors, perform testing and enter you into the national donor registry.The Registry has been helping patients receive transplants for more than 25 years.Of the 10 million donors, less than half are minority donors. Because tissue types are inherited, patients aremost likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity. This means that minorities have a lesser chance offinding a bone marrow match. There is a great need to add Hispanics, American Indians, African-Americans,Asians and persons of one or more ethnic or racial background.By becoming a registered donor, you may be the right match for a childin Florida, a mother in Costa Rica or even your next door neighbor. At any given time, 6,000 critically ill peopleIf more minorities became bone marrow matches, it would create a throughout the worldmore diverse registry by adding new tissue types that are currently not search the registry for aavailable and thereby increasing the chances of all patients in need of donor match—that matchmarrow transplants. could be you.It’s about finding a matchBe The Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow. For our donordrive, our primary objective is to educate the public about the need for more potential marrow donors and tofind a suitable match for patients, like Steve. You will be entered into the Be The Match Registry and perhaps oneday be called upon to help save another person’s life. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemiaand lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on Be The Match Registry to find a match.
It’s about being a part of the solution The District allows youStep 1. Join the Be The Match Registry to participate and donateTo sign up for the District-sponsored donor drive, send HR an Email on company time. Thiswith your name and preferred time to donate. The drive will be includes your driving time toconducted by the City of Hope on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 the donor drive. You do notfrom Noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Palm Desert Administration Training use your sick leave orRooms. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes. At the drive, vacation time to participate.you will provide your contact information, complete a brief healthquestionnaire and sign a consent form. Employees in Coachella, Palm Desert, West Shores and allWRPs are encouraged to participate, including your friends and family in the community.Employees should work with their supervisors to coordinate the timing for donations.After registration, the Be The Match Community Outreach Specialist will ask you to provide a sample of yourDNA by swabbing the inside of your mouth to obtain tissue cells for testing. The Registry will categorize yoursample and enter it into the worldwide database. Any information you provide the City of Hope for theRegistry, as well as the District, during this donor drive is protected health information.Step 2. Get Ready to DonateIf you match a patient, the Registry will contact and ask you about your About 70% of patients inhealth and schedule more testing to ensure you are the best match for need of a transplant do not have a matching donorthe patient in need. in their family.Step 3. Donate MarrowThe patient’s doctor requests one of two types of donation, depending on what is best for the patient. The mostcommon method of donation is a nonsurgical procedure that takes place at a blood center or outpatienthospital unit. For five days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of a drug called filgrastim toincrease the number of blood-forming cells in your bloodstream. Your blood is then removed through a needlein one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells or Peripheral Blood StemCells (PBSC). The remaining blood is returned to you through the other arm. Your blood-forming cells are backto their normal levels within four to six weeks.The second type of marrow collection is a surgical outpatient procedure that takes place in a hospital whileyou’re under anesthesia. Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bone.Step 4: Recovery and Follow-UpRecovery times vary depending on the individual and type of donation. Most donors are able to return to work,school and other activities within one to 7 days after donation. The Registry will follow-up with you until youare able to resume normal activity.Whether you are a match or not one at this time, your registration with Be The Match is the first step innarrowing the gap to find a suitable blood marrow donor for a family member or someone living in anothercountry. You can become part of the solution in helping patients find a match. If you are identified as a matcheddonor, you may be the only person who can provide lifesaving marrow to that one person. So, considerdonating on Wednesday, June 13, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and sign up now. We all have the power withinus to help and the power to give hope.