• 46°

Saturday kicks off blood marrow drives for Doby, others

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
All it takes is a cheek swab to save someone’s life.
Thousands of people are diagnosed every year with leukemia or other life-threatening diseases.
Salisbury resident Carl Doby is just one.
In 2004, Doby was diagnosed with leukemia followed by aggressive chemotherapy treatments.
He was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease that affects his ability to produce platelets. The disease occurred as a result of the chemotherapy.
The Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross is overseeing several bone marrow donation drives for Doby.
He and his family hope that through a series of bone marrow donation drives he can find a bone marrow match.
Of the people seeking a donor match, 70 percent do not have a match among family members. It is preferred to have a match come from a sibling, but oftentimes, that is not possible. Then people rely on Be The Match Registry, which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
“There are 6,000 patients who check the registry daily to see if they have a match,” said Paul Biernacki, a bone marrow consultant working with the Red Cross.
Potential donors have to be between 18 and 60 years old, be of general good health and willing to be a donor, if matched.
The donor must sign a consent form, answer a few basic health questions and have a cheek swab taken.
That person could be a potential match for someone just about anywhere.
The registry has an agreement with 35 countries and goes nationwide.
The registry will contact the potential donor if there is a match. The person will have to have blood drawn and additional tests to determine if they are an exact match.
A donor is matched through tissue, not blood type, Biernacki said.
Generally, people in particular ethnic groups are a match for someone else in that same ethnic group.
There is a need to have more minorities become donors, he said.
“It can be more lives that can be saved,” Biernacki said.
Bone marrow is tissue in the center of the bones that produces white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
White blood cells help fight infection, red blood cells carry oxygen to the body and platelets help the blood to clot.
Leukemia like Doby’s is a cancer of the blood and can prevent the immune system from working normally.
Be The Match Registry just underwent a name change.
“There’s a tremendous need for people to support the program and bring about awareness,” Biernacki said.
The drives are as follows:
– Marrow drive. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Faith Elementary School cafeteria, 1000 School St., Faith.
Yard sale and bake sale with proceeds going to the National Marrow Donor Foundation.
– Blood/marrow drive. April 19, 1-5:30 p.m. Union Lutheran Church, 4770 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury.
For an appointment to donate, call the church office at 704-636-5092.
– Marrow drive. April 22, 2ń5 p.m. Cabarrus County DSS, U.S. 29 (Old K-Mart Building), Kannapolis.
– Marrow drive. May 2, 4-8 p.m. Grace Ridge Club House, Grace Church Road, Salisbury.
Covered dish meal with proceeds going to the National Marrow Donor Foundation.
– Marrow drive. May 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Salem United Methodist Church, 20987 N.C. 73, Albemarle.
Car show and bake sale with proceeds going to Relay for Life.
“Our hope is people will want to be a match to save a life,” Biernacki said.
For more information about bone marrow donation, contact Biernacki at his Charlotte office, 704-921-3582 or www.BeTheMatch.org

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal

Local

Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic

Crime

Man faces drug charges after breaking and entering call

Lifestyle

Waterworks schedules 2021 Summer ARTventures

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being found passed out in vehicle

Ask Us

Ask Us: What programs exist for litter cleanup?

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual