Finding the Perfect Match – But Not For Valentine’s Day!
Tuesday, February 14th, couples all across the country will celebrate their perfect match with nice dinners and special treats on Valentine’s Day. There are many people dreaming of that perfect match but not necessarily with that romantic, Valentine’s Day spin you might be thinking of!
Every three minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That’s more than six people each hour, or 148 people each day. Patients and their loved ones are searching for a cure. It could be you – their perfect match.
On Saturday, February 18th, the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association, in partnership with Be The Match Registry® and Children’s Health℠ and TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation, will host the Be a Star, Save a Life Marrow Donor Registry Drive at The Star in Frisco. If you want to potentially be someone’s perfect match and join the Registry, it’s a very simple process. Just show up between 10AM-2PM on Saturday, fill out some paperwork, and as long as you meet the medical guidelines, you’ll get your cheek swabbed to join. That’s it!
Be The Match Registry® keeps the sample from your cheek to compare specific protein markers, called HLA markers, with markers of patients who need a bone marrow transplant. Doctors search the Be The Match Registry® to find donors with HLA markers that match those of their patients. You’re contacted for further testing if you’re a potential perfect match.
Since HLA is part of your unique DNA, every person who joins the registry gives more patients hope for a cure. It’s also why there’s a need for more people to join, especially people whose backgrounds are African American or Black, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian & Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, White or any combination.
The cause is one close to our hearts at the Cowboys. For Malena Brown, the teenage daughter of running backs coach Gary Brown, a breakthrough oral chemotherapy pill has kept her leukemia in remission. However, should the pill stop working for any reason, the Brown family, like thousands of others across the nation, will search for a marrow match – the only long-term solution for leukemia or any other blood cancer patient.
For many, a perfect match’s donation can be the difference between life and death for a patient in need. Even if you can’t make it to The Star, you can still help! You can volunteer at a drive, donate or head to http://join.bethematch.org/beastarsavealife to join as a committed new member online – they’ll send you an at-home swab kit – maybe you can be someone’s perfect match! Just be sure to mail it back ASAP!