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Diseases that impact the blood such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell can be cured through bone marrow transplantation. That is why awareness, growth and diversification of the national bone marrow registry are critical for community members.

Bone marrow acts like a factory of blood cells in the body. Once released into the blood stream they differentiate into blood products such as platelets, plasma, red blood cells, and white blood cells. If the bone marrow is diseased it needs to be replaced with healthy marrow in order to make healthy blood cells.

A person only has 30% chance of finding a match with siblings, not even aunts, uncles, parents, its siblings. In order to use bone marrow it has to be a match to be used. That's why there is a data base that is called upon for people to try to find their DNA twin. It's a numbers game. That's why it's important to have as many people in the database registry as possible.

It's easier than ever to join the registry in terms of getting tested. It used to be that DNA testing was done by blood samples, now it's done by mouth swabs with Q-tips. Each stage once donor and recipient are matched gets progressively more involved to ensure there is a proper match for the sake of the patient.

You can learn more about what it means to join the bone marrow registry and become a bone marrow donor by visiting bethematch.org

Be the match fund-raising event will be held on an event to raise awareness and funds for those suffering from stage four leukemia

A diagnosis of leukemia or other blood cancer can place a sinking feeling in the stomach. In support of helping families and individuals receiving these types of diagnosis, there's a fundraising event that includes rappelling 12 stories down the Tower East building in Shaker Heights, Ohio onto solid ground.

The event is Saturday, July 27 from 9am to 5 pm at 20600 Chagrin Boulevard (Tower East) in Shaker Heights.

Also on July 27th from 8:00-1:00, put on your dance shoes in support of a great cause at the St. John Byzantine Hall on 1900 Carlton Road in Parma. Harry Boomer will be emceeing a dance fundraiser in honor of his friend CJ with stage 4 leukemia in need of a bone marrow transplant.

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