Community News January 20, 2015

Adena to Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Who/What:   Adena Health System will host a Be the Match donor registry drive to benefit Chillicothe-native, Dr. Tracy Jalbuena and others who are awaiting a donor match that could save their lives.

For some patients with life-threatening illness, a bone marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure. Yet 70% of these patients don’t have a matching donor in their family. Dr. Tracy Jalbuena is one of those patients, primarily due to her unique Filipino-American heritage.

To join the Be the Match registry, volunteers should be healthy and between the ages of 18 and 44. The process only involves a commitment and a simple swab of the inside of the volunteer’s cheek. Some over age 44 may be eligible to donate. However, they must meet certain criteria, and first register online at www.bethematch.org.

When:            Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

                        9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where:           Adena Regional Medical Center

                        Board Room (site 1) / Adena Cancer Center (site 2)

                        272 Hospital Road

                        Chillicothe, OH  45601

For more informationwww.bethematch.org