By Linda Steinmuller
Photos by Michael Wright
A simple swab can save a life!
Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, but thanks to the lifesaving work of Gift of Life, an international bone marrow and blood stem cell registry, those diagnosed with blood cancer have a hope for a cure.
The Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps held a marrow registry event on Sunday at its headquarters located at 4623 Avenue N. Flatlands Volunteer Public Relations Officer Joe Auerbach organized the event with the assistance of Abe Tsrik from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.
Residents who volunteered to “Get Swabbed” had a simple cheek swab to help find a match and a cure for a blood cancer patient. Gift of Life facilitates transplants for children and adults suffering from this life-threatening disease through blood stem cell and marrow donation.
If you missed Sunday’s event, you can give the gift of life by donating online. Visit giftoflife.org for more information.