Legislators, Hill Staff and D.C. Community Asked to Step Up and Help Save Lives
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Donor Registry Drive
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1204 (adjacent to the Health Unit)
This event highlights the critical need for more people of color to join the Be The Match Registry®.
People from across the country whose lives have been impacted by marrow donation – whether they have received a transplant or donated marrow to a stranger – will be at the Longworth House Office Building on July 18. They will be sharing their stories to inspire others to swab their cheeks and join the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest and most diverse listing of potential marrow donors.
Donating marrow can cure someone with sickle cell anemia or life-threatening blood cancers. But many African Americans and other minorities can’t find marrow donors. Patients need more volunteers of diverse racial and ethnic heritages to step up.
The July 18 event is part of a nationwide effort on behalf of the federally supported nonprofit Be The Match®, the global leader in providing marrow and cord blood transplants to patients with life-threatening blood cancers. Be The Match is hosting the event in recognition of African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month, and recent milestones of making 50,000 transplants possible over the last 25 years and reaching 10 million potential donors on the registry.