Hunterdon Healthcare will host a bone marrow donor registration drive on Wednesday, September 21 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The drive will be held in Meeting Room A/B on the first floor of Hunterdon Medical Center, located at 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington.
Every year, thousands are diagnosed with leukemia and other blood-related diseases. In the past, such a diagnosis was often lethal. Today, a bone marrow transplant is a potential cure. A bone marrow transplant is a process to replace unhealthy bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. Bone marrow transplants can be used to treat patients with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia, diseases which result in bone marrow failure and other immune system or genetic diseases. Unfortunately, many patients who could benefit from this life-saving procedure cannot be treated because they cannot find a match.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and in general good health, you are eligible to be screened. Because tissue type is most likely to match someone of the same race and ethnicity, donors of racial and ethnic heritages are especially needed. All it takes to find out if you are a match is a swab from the inside of your cheek. The only way to know if you will be a match is to get tested.