Wednesday, December 05, 2007

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled VUBOQ Enjoyment for This Important Announcement

For DC/MetroAreans:

Bone Marrow Drive for a Member of our Community
(Cheek-Swab Test — you do not need to give blood)

Saturday, December 15, 20073 pm – 6 pm
Location: Janney Elementary School4136 Albemarle St. NW, Wash. DC
(intersection of Albemarle St. and Wisconsin Ave NW,
across from Best Buy and the Tenleytown station on Metro’s Red Line)

A local parent of South Asian descent is battling CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia), a form of blood cancer. She is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Because there are so few South Asian donors in the national registry, finding a match for her may be very difficult. By registering with the National Marrow Donor Program, you may give the gift of life to this special person, who is a friend, daughter, wife, and mother.

We are most in need of donors of South Asian descent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, East Africa, Guyana, Afghanistan). Donor registration is free for these individuals as well as those of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and other Asian/Pacific Islander origin.

Leukemia and other fatal blood disorders can happen to anyone
• Caucasians have a 1 in 15 chance of finding a matching donor, while for South Asians the odds are 1 in 20,000
• If more people register, the greater the chance that those in need will find matches
• Becoming a donor is simple and free of charge for minorities (others must pay a $52 tissue-typing fee to register)

How you can help
• All healthy individuals between the ages of 18-60 can volunteer
• Fill out a form and have a simple cheek swab to register - takes only a few minutes
• Please spread the word about this drive to people and organizations with ties to the South Asian community in the DC area.

Questions/Concerns:

Contact ellindigo AT gmail DOT com

For more information visit: http://www.blogger.com/www.marrow.org or http://www.samarinfo.org/

We now return you to your regularly scheduled VUBOQ:

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