Job Corps, Be The Match, teaming up to register donors

CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Job Corps and Be The Match are teaming up to register more life-saving donors to help seriously-ill patients

Area residents can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday at the Cassadaga Job Corp Student Center. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed, as patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone who shares their same race or ethnicity. It is as simple as filling out a consent form and then swabbing your cheeks.

For thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match and a second chance at life. While many patients do find the life-saving match they need each year, more donors are needed to help increase the likelihood that all patients will find a match.

Financial contributions to Be The Match Foundation and volunteers are also needed to help save lives.

About Be The Match

Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can join the Be The Match Registry the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units contribute financially and volunteer. Patients and their families can also turn to Be The Match for support and resources before, during and after transplant.

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved.

For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

The Cassadaga Job Corps is located at 8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga.