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IU Health Cancer Centers to host bone marrow drive

Be The Match drive to help increase network of Hoosiers donors

| INDIANAPOLIS—For many of the 10,000 patients in the United States diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma each year, their best option for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Since 70 percent of patients don’t have a matching donor in their family, they depend on anonymous donors to help save their lives. Increasing the pool of donors is the goal behind an upcoming Be The Match bone marrow drive with IU Health Cancer Centers and the Indiana Blood Center October 18.

Joining the registry only takes about 5 minutes, involves completing a short form, and doing a simple cheek swab. To thank these special donors, former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett as well as Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer and Pacemates cheerleaders will stop by encourage these volunteers. Brackett knows far too well how important it is to have millions on the registry. He was a bone marrow donor for his brother, Greg, who lost his two-year battle with leukemia in 2005. Brackett calls out to all Hoosiers to be part of the bone marrow registry event on October 18, when they can join the Be The Match Registry and increase the odds of finding a match for every patient in need of a lifesaving transplant.

WHAT: Be The Match bone marrow drive at IU Health
WHEN: Saturday, October 18
               10am – 2pm
                    12pm – 1pm: Boomer and Pacemates from the Indiana Pacers will join us
                     1pm- 2pm: Former Indianapolis Colts player Gary Brackett will join us
WHERE: IU Health Fairbanks Hall
                340 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis
WHO: The public is invited

Those registering must be 18-44 years of age, in good general health and willing to donate to anyone in need. Donors looking for more information should contact Angela Touseull at the Indiana Blood Center's Be The Match program at 317-916-5110 or atouseull@indianablood.org. 

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