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Get Swabbed: You Can Save A Life

Posted by Amy in General

If you watched some of the coverage revolving around last month’s Budweiser Shootout the name Jordan Jemsek might ring a bell. Her face was on the TV Panel of the number 47 Toyota piloted by Bobby Labonte during the shootout:

Jordan Jemsek

Jordan is a six year old girl from Charlotte, North Carolina.  In November after being unable to shake a cold she came down with in August, she underwent testing and was diagnosed with AML (acute Myeloid Leukemia). The thing with AML is that it’s usually found in adults not children.  She has already been undergoing months of grueling chemotherapy- but her only hope at remission from AML is a bone marrow transplant.

There will be a bone marrow registry drive for Jordan and others who could benefit from the gift of a bone marrow transplant This Saturday March 5th, 2011 at The St. Gabriel Catholic Church located at 3016 Providence Road in Charlotte, NC from 10:00am -3:00pm. Registering as a bone marrow donor is not hard. It just requires your contact information, that you be in relatively good health and that you get your cheek swabbed. That’s all it takes.

If you are NOT in the Charlotte area on Saturday but want to register it’s easy! You can  even order a swab kit online at GetSwabbed.org! They ask for a $65.00 registration fee but will not turn away any potential donor who does not contribute to the registration fee.  If you have already registered through Be The Match or the National Bone Marrow registry- then you are already part of the search!

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  • Heidi Fry Edelman says:

    Every site that I go to wants a donor to be under 50yrs and, not to exceed, a certain BMS.
    In all the coverage that I’ve seen & heard, no one ever mentioned these restrictions. Why are they inacted in this case?
    Is there some organization that doesn’t have these restrictions? And where can one find answers??? If there wasn’t/isn’t a really good reason, it seems that a really good number of potential donors is being ignored.
    I sincerely thank whom ever takes the time to respond to me.
    Heidi F. Edelman

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