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TMCC Hosts 'Be the Match' Event Wednesday & Thursday

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From Truckee Meadows Community College:

The Maxine S. Jacobs Student Nursing Association at Truckee Meadows Community College is hosting a Be the Match event, where residents of the Reno/Sparks community can join a registry to possibly one day help save the life of another person with a critical illness. According to Be the Match's website, www.bethematch.org, "For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists." That cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Be the Match takes place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the V. James Eardley Student Center, near the TMCC Café. Testing is open to the public. Nursing student volunteers will be assisting with the bone marrow registry drive by giving out a brief written health assessment (self-disclosed) and a consent form to prospective donors.

A compatibility test involves swabbing the inside of a potential donor's cheek to collect cells. The cells are then analyzed and cataloged towards a potential future match for a patient needing a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow produces cells that form blood. Donated healthy stem cells are transfused to the recipient and travel naturally through the body to bone cavities.  In a successful transplant, the stem cells then begin to make healthy blood cells.

William Hudson, CNN producer, writes on www.cnn.com about his experience donating bone marrow, "I knew that no matter how much time and money I did or did not donate to nonprofits and charities doing important work, this was different. Here was a patient with a blood cancer whose particular immune system resembled my own. Turns out I, among potentially everyone in the world, was in the best position to save her life."

Jane Wirth, TMCC alumna and previous TMCC Child Care Center teacher writes about her experience as a transplant recipient.

"I received a stem cell transplant almost a year ago. I was lucky enough to have a perfect match in my twin sister, who is working this event with me.  Not all patients are so fortunate and it's people like William who can truly save someone from an often terminal illness.  I know without my sister's cells, I would not be here to write this today," wrote Wirth in an email.

Testing is free for individuals 19-44. Prospective donors over the age of 44 are asked to cover additional lab fee costs of $100. Anyone wishing to donate toward lab costs of others are welcomed and appreciated. For more information, go to www.tmcc.edu

From Truckee Meadows Community College

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