Rhinebeck, NY – February 24, 2012 – Northern Dutchess Hospital will be hosting a bone marrow donor registration drive on March 28th in the main lobby of Northern Dutchess Hospital from noon until 6 pm.
Every day thousands of patients search the Be The Match Registry in hope for a bone marrow donor match. Only 4 out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant. “I lost my mother to leukemia when I was 14,” stated Katharina Harf, Co-founder, DKMS Americas, “and I have made it my mission to recruit more donors so that other families don’t have to go through the pain we did. We need your help so we can save more lives.”
Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant.
For more information on donor qualifications or frequently asked questions regarding bone marrow donations, please go to www.getswabbed.org. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is suggested. Please call 845-758-1884 for more information or to register.
Northern Dutchess Hospital, a Health Quest affiliate, is a 68-bed, acute care hospital located in Rhinebeck, NY. The Health Quest system includes Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. For more information about any of Northern Dutchess Hospital’s services, log on to www.health-quest.org/ndh.