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15 minutes of your time could mean a lifetime for someone else

Community urged to participate in bone marrow registry drive at NCH

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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, Arlington Heights
  • 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
Physicians
  • Jeanine Maurice

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