With the approaching Russell Buckland Friends for Life Bone Marrow Drive at Terry Parker High School approaching on April 13, 2013, I felt this was a good time to learn a little more about Bone Marrow Transplants.
Many blood cancer diagnosis require finding a matching donor to save lives. Finding a match is difficult and more donors are needed!
Bone marrow transplanting was first successful in the late 1960s and the procedure is now used to treat leukemia, aplastic anemia, lymphomas such as Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, immune deficiency disorders and some solid tumors such as breast and ovarian cancer patients.
When disease or therapies such as chemotherapy and/or radiation destroy normal cells found in the bone marrow, transplants permit physicians a better chance for a cure or a prolonged period of disease-free survival for many patients.
Bone marrow is a sponge like tissue found inside certain bones. The bone marrow contains stem cells that produce the body’s blood cells. Bone marrow is extracted from a healthy donor and transferred to a body that no longer produces its own healthy amount of normal blood cells.
70 percent of those needing a BMT using donor marrow are unable to have one because a suitable bone marrow donor cannot be found!
The event for Russell Buckland is being held to raise community awareness to the importance of becoming and registering as a bone marrow donor.
Activities will be in Jacksonville, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Terry Parker High School café. The school is located at 7301 Parker School Road.
To learn more about Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, please visit their website at www.deletebloodcancer.org.