Harvard College Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Harvard Law Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the bone marrow registration drives at the law school last week.  Over the course of two days, we registered almost 250 donors.  I wanted to let you all know that this coming week we will also be hosting two drives at Harvard’s undergraduate campus.  The information is below:

Dates: Monday, Feb. 21st, and Wednesday, Feb. 23rd

Times: 11AM-2PM

Location: Adams House Lower Common Room (Adams House is located at 26 Plympton Street, between Mass Ave and Mt. Auburn.  The Lower Common Room is right inside C-Entryway, right before the dining hall).

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152377761485497

If you weren’t able to register last week, please come out on Monday or Wednesday.  Also, we are still in need of volunteers, so if you have a free hour or more on either of those days we could use the help!  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Charlie – Henry’s cousin) or Kevin (Henry’s brother).

Thanks for your support,

Charlie Hernandez

Every year more than 10,000 children and adults who are suffering from cancer would benefit from a bone marrow transplant from a non-family member. Many of these patients never find a donor and lose their battle with this dreadful disease.

Henry Hernandez is a student at Harvard Law School and an ’08 graduate of Harvard College. He is a snowboard instructor and enjoys competing in marathons. Henry was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and may be in need of a marrow transplant, for which a matching donor will be needed. While Henry’s match will most likely be someone from a Hispanic ancestry, donors from all racial backgrounds are needed.  Minority groups especially are underrepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registry.

It is very easy to join the bone marrow registry — it takes just a few minutes to give your DNA by swabbing the inside of your cheek. You will need to be between the ages of 18-60 and meet several health guidelines. If you are someone’s miracle and a match, being a stem cell donor is also easy; it’s a very similar process to giving blood. The donor merely provides blood from which a machine extracts the stem cells that are provided to the patient to grow new marrow. There is no actual extraction of bone marrow from the donor.

Please join us in the search for a match for Henry and many others battling cancer today.  If you cannot attend, you can sign up online at: http://join.marrow.org/hope4henry A DNA kit will be sent directly to your home.

Charles Hernandez
Candidate for B.A. in Latin American Studies
Harvard College, Class of 2011
(626) 354-5510

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