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Kickin’ it around the clock to save lives

Employees from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research of MCW are organizing the third annual Great American Soccer Marrowthon. CIBMTR will host the Marrowthon in conjunction with the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, from 9 a.m. Saturday, March 5, to 9 a.m. Sunday, March 6 at Uihlein Indoor Soccer Park, 7101 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee.

CIBMTR will also be hosting a Silent Auction outside the MCW Cafeteria on Friday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the MCW Cafeteria.

Several teams from MCW participated in the Marrowthon last year, helping raise $25,000 to support the life-saving research being conducted by CIBMTR. There were also 156 people who joined the Be The Match® Donor Registry during the event last year. With the help of a team of volunteers, the support of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, and MCW support for its events, CIBMTR would like to triple both the money raised and the number of donors from last year.

How can you help?

  • Recruit a team to play and collect pledges for the Marrowthon
  • Collect pledges from family and friends
  • Collect or buy auction items to help with fund-raising
  • Donate blood at Uihlein Park on Saturday, March 5 from 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Join the Be The Match® Donor Registry (www.bethematch.org) at Uihlein Park on Saturday, March 5 from 9 AM to 1 PM and ask your friends and family to join – it costs you nothing and may save someone’s life!

For more information on the 3rd annual Great American Soccer Marrowthon, go to www.bethematchfoundation.org/kickers or call Sherry Fisher of CIBMTR at 805-0687.

Did you know?

  • More than 6,000 men, women and children search for a life-saving bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor every day.
  • Yet only 2 of every 10 patients receive the transplant they need to save their lives.

Why?

  • Many cannot find a matched donor.
  • Others do not learn that transplant is a treatment option for them, or cannot overcome financial or other barriers to treatment.
  • The Be The Match® donor registry was founded in 1987 to help patients find the donor they need. Since its inception, it has facilitated more than 40,000 life-saving transplants.
  • Thousands of patients depend on the National Marrow Donor Program and the Be The Match Registry® to find a suitable matched donor when they do not have a family member who can help them.

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research collaborates with the global scientific community to advance hematopoietic cell transplantation and cellular therapy research worldwide. A combined research program of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the National Marrow Donor Program, the CIBMTR facilitates important clinical research to increase survival and enrich quality of life for thousands of patients. The research is accomplished through scientific and statistical expertise, a network of 450 transplant centers, and a clinical database of 340,000 transplant recipients. These data and the analytic support provided by the CIBMTR Statistical Center have led to successful completion of hundreds of studies with significant impact on clinical practice in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Article written by Sherry L. Fisher, Associate Director of Development, CIBMTR
 

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