Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Bone Marrow Donor Drive

You may wish to consider this, which first appeared on the Washington County ARES list yesterday. The $40 grant for folks screened next Wednesday could be very helpful for folks who were turned off by the $65 normal fee. See you there!

Dear CERT and ARES Members:

The Hillsboro Fire Department's physician advisor, Dr. Mike Shertz, has cancer; and he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. To assist in that effort, there will be a bone marrow drive at St. Vincent Hospital's Emergency Department on Wednesday, December 15th, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

There is a fee to the donor. For this drive, it is $65, which pays for the necessary lab work. However, there is a grant to pay the first $40 per person, so the cost to each donor will be $25.

Although the chances of anyone local being a perfect match for Dr. Shertz are small, participation by other people just like you in similar drives around the county will help to find him a match somewhere.

Please consider joining the bone marrow registry. You can read all about it at the National Marrow Donor Program website. The website contains information about the bone marrow donation program, as well as stories of lives that have been saved.

The website also tells you exactly what you're in for when you show up to the bone marrow drive and if you are later found to be a potential match for someone who needs a transplant. Check it out to see what is involved.

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