Presentation on theme: "18 and Swabbin: Never Too Young. The Delete Blood Cancer Mission Our mission is our name. We work to “Delete Blood Cancer” by inspiring as many people."— Presentation transcript:
18 and Swabbin: Never Too Young
The Delete Blood Cancer Mission Our mission is our name. We work to “Delete Blood Cancer” by inspiring as many people as possible to register as potential bone marrow donors and to provide patients with a second chance at life. We are achieving this by being innovative in our outreach, empowering in our appeal, and personally involved in supporting our patients and donors. 2
3 Every 4 minutes, an American is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, it takes a life. Leukemia is leading cause of death in small children in the US
What is Blood Cancer? A malignancy that attacks the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic system. The most commonly known types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. When conventional treatments such as chemotherapy don’t work, the only hope is a bone marrow transplant. 4
5 Only 30% of all patients are able to find a compatible bone marrow donor in their family
6 When a patient cannot find a match within their family, they turn to the National Bone Marrow Registry
7 6 out of 10 patients can’t find a bone marrow donor on the national registry.
Today’s Agenda To introduce you to our 18 and Swabbin program and show you ways that your entire school, not just the 18 year olds, can join the fight against blood cancer. 8
2 types of donations When you register, you have the potential of donating either bone marrow or blood stem cells, depending on the needs of the patient. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside your bones that produces blood stem cells—the cells in your body that produce red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. These blood stem cells also exist in your bloodstream, where they are called peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). There are different procedures for donating marrow and blood stem cells.
Donor Information 2 types of donations: Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) collection is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream in a process similar to donating plasma or platelets. This method is used in 75% of the cases. Bone Marrow Donation: This is a surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe. This method is used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. 10
Common Questions How do I get on the bone marrow registry ? 11 Doesn’t donating hurt?
12 Both donation procedures will result in some level of discomfort, but most donors report that any pain experienced is easily eclipsed by the positive feelings of knowing they are possibly saving a life. To become a bone marrow donor, you must be 18-55 years old, in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a maximum body mass index of 40, and be willing to donate to any patient in need.
BHS Delete Blood Cancer Drive Thursday February 19 th 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm BHS Commons NHS students will be helping with the drive 13
Building Character…and Resumes 14 Reinforcing the importance of giving back to the community Fulfilling service hours Great resume builder Delete Blood Cancer provide certificates and letters of recommendation for students that go above and beyond
Any Questions? Please share drive information with family and friends! 15