‘Triple Play’ offers three chances to save a life
Next Friday, people are urged to stop by St. Jude Parish to donate a pint of blood, enter their information into the national bone marrow registry and learn more about Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Living Donor Program.
According to statistics compiled by the Red Cross, about 95 percent of American adults are eligible to donate blood, though only around 5 percent do so.
Those who wish to make an appointment to donate blood at this month’s Londonderry event may do so online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling (800) RED-CROSS.
Attendees will also be given the chance to participate in the “Be the Match” registry program, where participants’ bone marrow is typed with a simple cheek swab and entered into the national registry of patients in need.
Past donors will be on hand to answer any questions about the donation process and share their experiences meeting the patients who benefited from their gift.
Londonderry resident Rosemarie Meuse, who suffers from a genetic kidney disease, has been awaiting a transplant for the past year and a half and said she’s looking forward to sharing her story with those attending the Triple Play event.
Once a donor of matching blood type is found, Meuse will undergo surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the same hospital where the world’s first kidney transplant was performed.
For more information on the Living Donor Program, contact the kidney coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at (617) 732-6866 or send emails to email@example.com.
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