FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2017
Be The Match
The City of Boise is hosting a Marrow Donor Registry drive. It’s your chance to be someone’s hero and all it takes is a quick cheek swab. Each hour, more than six people die from a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. You could be someone’s cure by giving them a bone marrow transplant, but 70 percent of those patients don’t have a matching donor in their family, that’s why the registry is so important.
Along with being two of the top leaders in the City of Boise, Mayor Dave Bieter and Fire Chief Dennis Doan have something very special in common: both have donated lifesaving bone marrow to people with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. Mayor Bieter joined the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry in honor of a friend who died of cancer; he was on the registry for eight years before the call came. Chief Doan joined when a battalion chief’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. He had been on the registry for 20 years when he learned he was the match for a little boy with a group of immune system disorders.
To join the registry at this event, a person must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet the health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. To register, participants will need to bring their driver’s license or passport. Individuals will remain a member of the registry until their 61st birthday.
Boise City Hall, 150 North Capitol Blvd. Boise, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greenbelt Room (3rd floor)
Interviews available with Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
City Hall West, 333 North Mark Stall Place, Boise, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lobby of the Boise Fire Department
Interviews available with Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
About Be The Match: For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, working every day to save lives through transplant.