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O’Leary’s teams with Be The Match registry

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:01 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, is teaming up with the Be The Match registry to save lives.

Each year, 12,000 patients who need a life-saving marrow or blood cell transplant search for a donor. Leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases can be cured with a transplant, but only if there is a match.

Patients in need of a marrow or blood cell transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity. They find matches in their own family 30 percent of the time. The rest look to the registry.

Most often, marrow cells are donated from your arm in a procedure similar to donating plasma or platelets.

The National Marrow Donor Program facilitates unrelated marrow and blood cell transplants as a single point of access for a long-standing collaborative network of national and international leading medical facilities in marrow and cord blood transplantation. The NMDP connects patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives.

For information, contact Taylor Campbell, NMDP recruiter, at 319-330-7930 or email tcampbell@rrvbc.org.

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