Aug 18, 2009 staff reports Uncategorized
Every five minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Every ten minutes, blood cancer takes a life. Currently only 3 in 10 patients will find a matching donor that could save their lives.
So Crouse is helping to change those numbers by hosting a bone marrow donor drive Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. in the small cafeteria in memory of our student volunteer, Eddie Swain, and in honor of Barbara Seigle, a teaching assistant for the Syracuse City School District. (Barbara has a combination of CML, MDS, & AML leukemia and a marrow transplant is her only hope for a cure.) The drive is cosponsored with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and DKMS Americas.
And if you are squeamish about or afraid of the necessary procedure to donate bone marrow think about whether you could go through with it if the person whose life you could save was standing in front of you. The chance of you being called as a donor is slim. But the likelihood of your donation saving a life is very high.
Please check out more information at www.dkmsamericas.org. And even if you can’t register Thursday you can sign up on the Web site to register by mail.
Below are all of the eligibility requirements for registering as a donor.
Donors must be between 18 and 55 years of age and in good general health. Donors are asked to share personal information such as age, address, telephone number and a brief clinical history. This information is private but is included in the DKMS database.
For umbilical cord donations, any healthy, pregnant woman who has a normal vaginal delivery is eligible to donate cord blood stem cells.
Donors must NOT suffer from any of the following:
AIDS: If you have HIV or are at risk.
Asthma: Serious asthma (poorly controlled, or requiring hospitalization).
Autoimmune Disorders Not have autoimmune disorders (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis).
Back (neck or spine) problems: Back problems (sprains, strains and aches) are common and usually will not interfere with marrow donation. However, serious back problems, particularly those requiring surgery, may be a cause for deferral. If you have significant back problems, consult us.
Blood pressure: Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) is acceptable if controlled by salt restriction or medication.
Cancer: Cured local skin cancer (simple basal cell or squamous cell) and cervical cancer is acceptable. Most other forms of cancer may prevent you from becoming a donor.
Diabetes: Medication-dependent diabetes is not acceptable. Diabetes controlled by diet is acceptable.
Epilepsy: More than one seizure in the past year or multiple seizures are not acceptable. Epilepsy controlled with medication, when there has been no more than one seizure in the past year, is acceptable.
Heart disease: Prior heart attack, bypass surgery or other heart disease is not acceptable. Mitral valve prolapse that does not require medication or restrictions is acceptable. Irregular heartbeat not requiring medication is acceptable.
Hepatitis: Hepatitis B surface antigen is not acceptable. Hepatitis C antibody is not acceptable. Any other hepatitis history must be evaluated early in the actual search process. Hepatitis vaccine is acceptable.
Lyme disease: Asymptomatic Lyme disease is acceptable if the donor has been treated successfully with antibiotics. Chronic Lyme disease is unacceptable.
Malaria: If you had malaria more than three years ago, you are still eligible to be a marrow donor. If you finished a full course of antimalarial drugs more than six months ago, you are also eligible to donate your marrow.
Obesity: Body Mass Index is used to evaluate weight. Donors may be deferred if obesity presents donation risk.
Organ or tissue transplant: Heart, lung, kidney, bone or other organ or tissue transplant recipients are deferred.
Sexually transmitted diseases: Any history of sexual transmitted diseases must be evaluated early in the actual search process.
Tuberculosis: If you have had active pulmonary tuberculosis within the last two years, you are not eligible to be a marrow donor.
Peripheral blood stem cell donors cannot donate if they have:
A history of inflammatory eye disease (iritis, episcleritis)
A history or risk factors for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism are taking lithium
A platelet count lower than 150,000 mL
The following are temporary reasons a donor may not be able to donate:
Marrow cannot be collected at any time during pregnancy. After giving birth and once you have stopped breastfeeding, you can become a donor.
Anticoagulant or anti-platelet treatments (with aspirin, persatine or similar medicines), depending on the length of these treatments.
There are many other disorders not included in the above lists that may make it difficult to donate (including possible allergies to anaesthetics and inherited enzyme deficiencies). All candidates should find out about their own particular case prior to registration.
If you have any questions, you can email DKMS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because this is a voluntary program, it is imperative we protect the health and well being of the donor. As weight increases, so do risks with regard to marrow donation. Therefore, DKMS requests that you not exceed the following weight guidelines.
Height Weight Height Weight
4′ 10″ 191 6′ 0″ 295
4′ 11″ 198 6′ 1″ 301
5′ 0″ 204 6′ 2″ 310
5′ 1″ 211 6′ 3″ 321
5′ 2″ 218 6′ 4″ 328
5′ 3″ 225 6′ 5″ 339
5′ 4″ 233 6′ 6″ 345
5′ 5″ 240 6′ 7″ 355
5′ 6″ 247 6′ 8″ 363
5′ 7″ 255 6′ 9″ 374
5′ 8″ 263 6′ 10″ 381
5′ 9″ 270 6′ 11″ 392
5′ 10″ 278 7′ 0″ 400
5′ 11″ 286