Northview Parent in Need - Medlock Bridge Bone Morrow Tissue-Typing Drive
Damon Randall, the father of two Northview students and resident of the Medlock Bridge subdivision, was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, formerly known as "pre-leukemia"). A critical component of Damon's recovery will be a bone marrow transplant - which requires that a suitable donor be found. Unfortunately, finding a match for bone marrow is much more challenging than a blood transfusion. In an effort to help locate a matching donor, Damon's friends and neighbors, with the permission and involvement of his family, are holding a bone marrow tissue typing drive on Saturday, March 14th in the Medlock Bridge subdivision's Groomsbridge Road Clubhouse between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Getting the tissue for typing is a very straightforward process. First, donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good general health. After completing a few consent and disclosure forms, potential donors have a sample of tissue taken from inside their cheek via a small swap. The sampling process is totally painless. The tissue is analyzed at an off-site lab and the typing information is then loaded into a national data base maintained by the National Marrow Donor Program (www.marrow.org). It is from that database that a donor for Damon will be found. Even if you are not an immediate match, you may be asked at a later date to provide marrow for someone other than Damon. While there is no legal obligation to do so, the program hopes that you will follow through and participate in the process. Only if you are a match for a patient are you then involved in the donation process. New, non-surgical procedures have been developed for donating bone marrow.
There is typically a $65 fee associated with the typing process, which covers the hard cost of getting the sample, doing the analysis and maintaining the national data base. Fortunately, the folks with whom we are working have agreed to subsidize the costs for our drive. Given the life-saving working this group does, however, we encourage you to make a donation to the group - which you'll be able to do at the drive, cash or checks will be accepted.
So, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 14th and plan on joining us for this very important event. We are hopeful for a very strong turn out, so parking around the clubhouse may be a challenge. If you think you will be able to attend, it will help us to manage logistics if you would send a quick email to (firstname.lastname@example.org) - you can send questions or feedback to the same email address.
The Northview "family" has a well-earned reputation for participation in public service events. We invite you to continue to build that reputation by participating in this event. Thank you for your generous support.
Ever Upward and Onward!
Peter F. Zervakos