ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 11, 2017) – It is never too late to give a
gift, even if the holiday season has ended.
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is hosting a bone marrow registry
drive in hopes of finding a match for Andrew Parial, the brother-in-law of
Jeanine Maurice, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist hospitalist at NCH.
Andrew was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia in summer 2016. Andrew
is Filipino, so his best chance of finding a match is within the Filipino
community. However, anyone ages 18 to 44 can register to be a donor. The
process does not require a blood draw or any invasive procedure. All it
takes is a simple swab of the inside of your mouth.
“The whole purpose of the registry drive is to save his life,” Dr. Maurice
says. “We greatly appreciate anyone who volunteers to register.”
For many patients with blood cancers like leukemia, a bone marrow
transplant is the only life-saving treatment. But for patients of certain
ethnic backgrounds, finding a bone marrow match can be like finding a
needle in a haystack.
Registration takes about 15 minutes and you will be asked to provide
information about your health history and have the inside of your cheek
swabbed. Walk-ins are welcome.
Registration dates, times and locations:
Tuesday, January 17, 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oasis hospital
cafeteria, 800 N. Central Road, Arlington Heights
- Tuesday, January 17, 4 to 6 p.m., Wellness Center, 900 N. Central Road,
Wednesday, January 18, 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
Oasis hospital cafeteria