Be The Match

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2012 has come and gone, the new year is here, and it’s time to get serious.  For a moment.

If someone told you that you could save someone’s life, would you do it? Each year, thousands of people with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma are in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.  In many cases, their greatest hope is finding a match on the national marrow donor program registry.

ImpactCR is teaming up with the family of David Lee Graybill and the Iowa Marrow Donor Network for a donor drive at the NewBo City Market from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, January 5.  People ages 18-44 are encouraged to register for the national Be The Match Registry® and potentially be a life-saving donor to someone in need.

David Lee Graybill was 58 years old when he lost his battle with leukemia.  He was the first adult in the state of Iowa to receive a stem cell transplant from umbilical cord blood donations.  While the transplant was not a success for him, his family is excited to share his story with others and encourage the community to join the registry and help save lives.

“Our father lost his battle, but we know he would want us to share his story,” said Amber Mussman, David’s daughter and member of the ImpactCR Leadership and Service Committee.  “It is our hope that we can raise awareness of the need for donors and encourage more people to join the registry and Be The Match!” 

When you join the Be The Match Registry®, you become part of every patient’s search for a bone marrow donor.  Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow transplant.  You could be the one to save a life.

Visit Be the Match Registry, for more information.

Editors Note: This is a press release from Amber Mussman, member of ImpactCR Leadership and Service Committee, and past ImpactCR Leadership and Service chair.

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