HARKER HEIGHTS (September 6, 2012)--A bone marrow registry is scheduled for Saturday at the Pan America Club in Harker Heights along with a fundraiser.
The last bone marrow registry in the greater Fort Hood area was more than three years ago, an event organizer said.
During the Be The Match Registry program a representative will offer educational material on the program.
According to event organizers, there are thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases that depend on the program.
Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60 to participate, sign a consent form, be willing to donate to any patient in need and meet the health guidelines.
Adults will be asked to donate either by a surgical procedure in which liquid marrow is withdrawn from the back of the donor’s pelvic bones using special, hollow needles or by using a sterile needle for peripheral blood cell donation.
Along with the registry, a fundraiser will be held to assist Eugene (Geno) Borja, a 37-year-old father of two who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.
Geno’s parents will have a donation drive, raffle drawings, auction items, bake sale and food sale.
For more information about the registry, call Stephanie Jardot at (254) 421-1675.
For more information about the fundraiser call Rosie Blaz at (254) 526-9774.
The Pan American Club is located at 575 Pan American Drive.
The registry and fundraiser is set for 4 p.m.