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March 1, 2005

Are You the Type to Save a Life?

Type for Life, the 6th annual marrow registration drive, will take place March 7-11, 2005.  This event, organized by students of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Nursing, provides free, convenient registration with the National Marrow Donor Program.

Registration, which takes about 20 minutes, involves completing a short health questionnaire and a simple finger stick to obtain a drop of blood. The blood sample, which is drawn by professional Hopkins phlebotomists, is then used for a blood test called a “tissue type.”  Your participation in the marrow registration drive will provide all patients nationwide with a better chance of finding a bone marrow or stem cell donor.

Registering with Type for Life is only the first step towards becoming a donor. After the drive, your tissue type is entered anonymously into a national database that is searched daily by thousands of patients needing a marrow transplant.  If your type matches a patient’s type, you can consider donating to save a life. 

At no time is there any cost to you and new donation procedures are safer and more convenient than ever. The donation of your healthy marrow can cure many diseases including leukemia, breast cancer and other tumors, and many fatal blood diseases. All are encouraged to participate, and there is a special need for non-Caucasian individuals to register. 

You can register with Type for Life at the most convenient time and place listed below.

March 7  Johns Hopkins Hospital, Broadway Corridor, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 8  School of Public Health, Anna Baetjer Room, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 9  School of Nursing, Carpenter Room, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 10 School of Medicine, PCTB 113, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 11 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Broadway Corridor, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Questions are welcomed at jenny@jhmi.edu, 410-502-7716 or visit www.typeforlife.org. Those typed previously may update contact information at 410-955-6347. Registration requires a valid driver’s license and the address and phone number of two alternate contacts not living with you. 

Help Type for Life provides free registration for all volunteers with your tax-deductible donation. Checks payable to JHU with “Type for Life” in the memo may be mailed to:  

Type for Life
c/o  Ryan Foxworthy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe St., Suite E1002
Baltimore, MD 21287