National Marrow Donor Program – Be The Match
We are proud to announce that this year, Luminex once again partnered with the National Marrow Donor Program – Be The Match® for the 18th Annual Marrow Ambassadors Golf Tournament. The goal of the event was to raise awareness of the need for additional bone marrow donors to help save lives.
Each year, 10,000 patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases require marrow transplants from an unrelated donor. Out of those 10,000, only half receive life-saving transplants.
Founded in 1987, the National Marrow Donor Program is the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to those in need. Through their Be The Match Registry®, patients are matched with potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. The Registry has grown to more than 10 million donors and nearly 165,000 umbilical cord blood units—the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse registry of its kind in the world.
The tournament took place on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park, Texas. Be The Match® in conjunction with Luminex also conducted a separate donor drive. It might be surprising to some that all it takes is a simple cheek swab to match potential donors with patients in need. To learn more about becoming a donor, visit the Be The Match Registry® website.