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Molokai Bone Marrow Drive

Be the Match Hawaii News Release

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Life Scout Riley Regan of Oahu’s Troop 325 will host a bone marrow donor drive at Lanikeha Community Center in Ho’olehua on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There is a need for more diverse individuals to join donor registry with Be The Match Hawaii and increase the chances of finding a donor match for patients awaiting a life-saving blood stem cell or marrow transplant.

Assisting Riley with the project on Molokai will be Senator Lynn DeCoite and Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance.

“We hope that Molokai residents from 18 to 44 will join the registry so that more lives can be saved, as well as to raise awareness on the Friendly Isle about how easy it is for anyone to save a life,” said DeCoite.

Volunteers will be onsite providing awareness about the mission of Be The Match Hawaii and assisting those interested in joining the donor registry with the registration process, which typically takes about five to 10 minutes.

Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 to 44 years old, meet our health guidelines and be willing to donate to anyone in need of a bone marrow or blood stem-cell transplant. The online registration process includes a short form to complete along with a cheek swab sample. Be The Match is specifically looking for donors age 18-44, as research shows that cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants.

If you cannot attend this donor drive in person, you can register online anytime at no cost:
my.bethematch.org/ImuaScouts or text ImuaScouts to 61474.

Riley also asks for the public’s help in sharing this announcement with your family, friends, and neighbors and, when publicizing online, please use the hashtags #SaveALife, #BeTheMatchHawaii, and #ImuaScouts.

For more information, email Riley Regan at yoshio.regan@gmail.com.


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