'Be The Match' Bone Marrow Drive

Olivia Linthavong is a first-year Pediatric Resident whose mother, Christy, is currently fighting Acute Myeloid Lymphoma. Knowing the busy schedules but good hearts of the health care providers at UNC Hospitals, Olivia organized a Bone Marrow Drive with "Be the Match" National Bone Marrow Registry on Wednesday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Curnen-Denny Conference Room on the ground floor, Women's Hospital.

When May 15, 2013
from 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where Curnen-Denny Conference Room, Women's Hospital
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-448-5471
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Christy reached remission in March, but was told that she would need a bone marrow transplant in order to have any possibility at long-term survival. Luckily, through the Be The Match National Bone Marrow Registry, Christy was able to find a "perfect match" and received her new stem cells on May 8.

As a health care provider, Olivia knew the importance of registries like "Be The Match," but had never taken the time or effort required to provide a simple cheek swab sample. Her hope is to make it easy for residents, students, faculty, and staff to take 15 minutes from their work day to swab their cheek in order to enter this life-saving bone marrow registry.

Please note, donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44 years old, but others are encouraged to visit the website below to make a monetary donation to support the processing of these samples, as no donor is ever asked to pay for their gift of life. Please consider supporting Olivia's mom, Christy, and all other patients young and old who are fighting bone marrow diseases and currently waiting to find their "perfect match!"

Monetary donations may be made at the following link:

http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/TR?px=2402145&pg=personal&fr_id=1960&et=C_pPy3o0ZuCs2P9bv2FRGg&s_tafId=12081

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