Friday, February 5, 2010

Oneida Nation and Be The Match to Conduct Bone Marrow Drive

Oneida Nation and Be The Match to Conduct Bone Marrow Drive
Feb. 03, 2010
Oneida Nation Homelands – Taylor Matt is a Cazenovia high school student who is battling leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. She is one-quarter American Indian, which makes it more difficult to find a match. She needs help in finding a bone marrow donor match in her fight against this deadly disease. The Oneida Indian Nation is participating in the drive to find suitable donors for Taylor and the thousands of other patients needing a match on Thursday, February 18.

While a match is more likely to come from someone of American Indian heritage, anyone can be tested. Testing is free, quick and painless. Filling out an application and a quick swab on the inside of your cheek with a Q-tip is all that is needed. No appointment is necessary.

To participate in the bone marrow drive you must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good health. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Oneida Indian Nation Cookhouse, located in the circle at the end of Territory Road. (Territory Road is off Rte 46 about 3 miles South of Oneida.) For more information, contact Charmaine Frederick at the Oneida Nation Health Center, at (315) 829-8712 or Pat Catalano at (315) 829- 8215 or call the Be The Match Registry at 800-627-7692.

Teresa Anahuy

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