Be a Match

Participating in bone marrow registry can save lives

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To Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this year a local synagogue is adding another very important day, this Sunday: Bone marrow registry day.

The very special event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way. It is open to the public, and in fact everyone meeting very general health guidelines from ages 18 to 60 is urged to take part: Donors from various ethnic and racial backgrounds are particularly needed.

You won’t believe how easy and painless it is to participate, either.

All they want to do is swab the inside of your cheek to put you on the national bone marrow registry. From there, you have only a 1-in-350 chance of being called up.

Moreover, bone marrow donation is not as traumatic as you might have thought once. They’ve got it down to a science.

It may just be the easiest way to be a hero and save a life.

Fact is, the reason for this drive is the fact that two bone marrow transplants have helped Children of Israel member Suzanne Shapiro survive lymphoma.

She wanted to help others, and now we all get that chance on Sunday – between the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The “Be a Match” registry drive may not be one of those High Holy Days, but it’s a day to look within and reach beyond oneself to help others.

That’s pretty holy in itself.


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