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Be the Match: Bone Marrow Drive TONIGHT

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 20, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:25 PM

How would you like to be the match for someone in desperate need of life saving bone marrow? Tonight is your chance to try, and there is no pain involved! You can help save a life...

Sheri Hirai

A special event called "Be the Match" is being held tonight. It's being organized for Sheri Hirai of Boise. She has has leukemia, and she needs life saving bone marrow. She has already had one failed transplant from her sister, and the need to find her the right match is even more critical now.

"Be The Match", is tonight 4:30-8:30pm at the Idaho Athletic Club on Maple Grove in Boise. It's a simple mouth swab test. To join the registry - you need to be between the ages of 18 and 60, and be willing to help any patient in need. You could be called upon to save a life!

To join, all you need is to:
• Be between the ages of 18 and 60
• Be willing to help any patient in need
• Meet health requirements

These conditions would prevent you from joining the registry:
HIV or risk for HIV
  Hepatitis or risk for hepatitis
  Most forms of heart disease or cancer
  Chronic lung disease
  Diabetes requiring insulin or diabetes-related health issues
  Diseases that affect blood clotting or bleeding
  Recent back surgery, or severe or ongoing back problems
  Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis
  Being an organ or marrow transplant recipient
  Significant obesity
  Current sleep apnea


Idaho Athletic Club

1435 S. Maple Grove - Boise


4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.