Help save a life on April 23

Find out if you have the power to save a life. Be The Match® Bone Marrow Registry, plus a blood drive and an organ and tissue donor registry will be on the Triton College campus in the Student Center Cafeteria on Wednesday, April 23. The bone marrow registry is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the blood drive and the organ and tissue donor registry are both from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organ and Tissue Donor Registry

Take a powerful step toward helping to save and improve the lives of others, by enrolling in the Illinois Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, hosted by Donate Life Illinois.

The need for organ donors has never been greater. In the United States, there are more than 114,000 people currently in need of organ transplants. And each year, thousands of people die while waiting for a transplant because no suitable donor can be found for them. But you can help.

Registering to be an organ donor is a charitable act that costs nothing. It allows a donor to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and to save or improve the lives of up to 50 recipients through tissue and eye donation.

Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. For more information on the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, call  1-800-210-2106 or visit www.LifeGoesOn.com.

Bone Marrow Registry

On any given day, more than 6,000 patients worldwide - many of whom are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases - are searching for a donor. Only 25 to 30 percent of patients can find a match within their family; the other 70 to 75 percent depend on the stem cell donation of a complete stranger to save their lives.

Be The Match® is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an opportunity for patients to receive a bone marrow transplant when they need it.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60, meet the health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Upon meeting the above criteria, one's cheek will be swabbed to match the cells against a patient's cells waiting for a donor. You will then be placed on the donor list, and when it is established that you are a match, you'll be called to help save someone's life.

At the donor registry drive, Be The Match® will explain what it means to join the registry and the commitment it takes, as well as answer questions and provide guidance through the process. Donors will have to complete a registration form with their contact and health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match® Registry. Donors should bring a valid driver's license or passport and contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes.

Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to register.

For more information on the bone marrow registry, call 1-800-Marrow-2 or visit www.bethematch.org. You can also contact Julie Contreras at (847) 626-4128 or e-mail jcontreras@itxm.org

Blood Drive

Blood donors of all types are needed everyday to assist critically ill patients, accident victims, people needing surgery and those patients suffering chronic diseases such as cancer and leukemia.

Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 lbs, and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit and most medications are accepted. Donors should make sure to have breakfast or lunch prior to donating and bring identification. All donors will find out their blood type and receive a free cholesterol screening, blood pressure reading and iron level screening. Giving blood will not only help save another person's life but possibly yours. When you give blood, it is regenerating new red blood cells in your body. Think of it as an oil change for your body!

All of the blood collected will go to Illinois hospitals to help patients in need. Several hospitals have a major shortage of blood, particularly with the blood types O+, O-, A+ and B+. But every blood type is necessary to sustain a life! 

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call LifeSource at (877) 543-3768, or register online at www.lifesource.org and enter Triton College.