More than 100 people turned out for the marrow donor drive at Sandy Springs’ Northside Hospital, last week.
The hospital held a Be The Match marrow registry event on June 19 for World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.
Transplanting healthy marrow may be the best and only hope of a cure for life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and SCD, which affects about 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, an announcement said.
Most people do not have a match for bone marrow within their family, making volunteers crucial to helping those in need.
There’s been an increased awareness of the need for bone marrow donors since “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts announced that she will receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister.
Be The Match CEO, Jeffrey Chell, told the Chicago Sun Times that 15,000 people have registered since Robert’s announcement.
Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program,