College to host ‘Be The Match’ donor registry drive

04.20.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez

Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. That adds up to 480 people a day and 20 people each hour. These statistics are exactly what “Be The Match,” the global leader in bone marrow transplantation, is working to stop. In support of their efforts to increase donors on the “Be The Match” donor registry, the San Jacinto College medical laboratory technology program will host a “Be The Match” bone marrow donor registry drive on Thursday, April 28, at the Central Campus.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44, the donor age group request by doctors 95 percent of the time, who meets the health guidelines can join the “Be The Match” donor registry at the San Jacinto College donor registry event. Anyone ages 45 to 60 who wish to be on the donor registry must register online at bethematch.org.

Those who meet the health guidelines and are within the 18 – 44 age range will be asked to give a swab of cheek cells to be tissue-typed.

Participants will need to bring personal identification, contact information of two family members or friends, and a brown bag lunch for a “Be The Match” lunch-and-learn about becoming a registry member. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Gulf Coast Blood Center.

The San Jacinto College “Be The Match” bone marrow donor registry event will take place on Thursday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the San Jacinto College Central Campus student center (building 14), located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena.

For more information on Be The Match health guidelines and how to make a monetary donation, visit bethematch.org.

 

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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