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MONARCH REACHOUT: Save A Life

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Release: April 18, 2012
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April 18, 2012

WHEN: Thursday, April 19th, 2012
TIME: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Hampton/Newport News Room - Webb Center

NORFOLK, Va. - The Football Monarchs will again sponsor a Marrow Donor Registry Drive on Thursday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room at Webb Center. The Monarchs have once again partnered with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to add ODU students, faculty and staff and the Norfolk community to the bone marrow registry, where they can potentially capitalize on the opportunity of a lifetime - the opportunity to save a life.

On any given day, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the NMDP Registry for a life-saving donor. The test is a simple cheek swab, no blood or needles are involved. There is no cost to be tested and the procedure takes no more than 20 minutes.

There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:  Your commitment to making a difference in the world means everything to a patient whose only or best hope for survival is a marrow transplant.  Every day, thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases turn to the Be The Match Registry to find someone who can give them hope for a second chance at life.

YOU CAN DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN:  Patients are more likely to match someone of their own racial and ethnic heritage, and your unique ancestry may make you the only person who can save their life.  Healthy young adults are also especially needed, because you could offer the best chance of success for the the patient. 

YOUR COMMITMENT IS EVERYTHING:  Be The Match offers you not just the chance to save a life this year or next, but throughout your life until age 61.  Now you are a part of something big and special.  You're part of a global movement of people who say yes: If called, I will donate to any patient who needs me, whenever they need me.

Find four what making a difference really mean.  Join the Be The Match Registry.

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