Sacred Heart Hospital & University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire host bone marrow drive April 4

Eau Claire, WI – April is national “Donate Life” (organ and tissue donation) month. Sacred Heart Hospital and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are teaming up to raise awareness for the need for bone marrow donors right here in the Chippewa Valley.

 

On April 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the two organizations are hosting a “Be The Match” bone marrow drive at the UW-EC Davies Center, Maple Lounge, Room 103. The event is free and open to the community. People are encouraged to stop by and learn about bone marrow donation, take home information, and join the “Be the Match Donation Registry” if/when they are ready to do so.

 

People who are in need of a bone marrow transplant have life-threatening cancers or diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and more. Myelodysplastic syndrome may sound familiar as it is the disease Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts has been battling. Roberts’ underwent a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 as a life-saving measure.

 

In the U.S., more than 10,000 people are in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Thirty percent of people have a matching donor in their families. However, 70 percent of people needing a bone marrow transplant must hope that an unrelated donor will be found through the national registry.

 

According to the National Marrow Donor Program, donors between the ages of 18 and 44 are urgently needed to provide the greatest chance for bone marrow transplant success.

 

“Sacred Heart Hospital has been a long-time supporter for organ donation, giving families the opportunity to donate their loved ones organs for a gift of life for another,” said Hailey Craig, certified surgical technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital. Craig received a bone marrow transplant in 2005. “If it had not been for my donor, I would not be alive today. Hosting a bone marrow drive locally and educating others on the need for bone marrow donation has been a dream of mine since my recovery.”

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About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is an affiliate of the Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889 it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

 

 

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and in Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.