Alyson Stiles, age 14, has been fighting Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for most of her life. She was diagnosed as a toddler and has been in and out of the hospital for years. Over the course of her childhood the cancer has disappeared and returned many times. Alyson and other patients like her are in need of bone marrow donors.
On Thursday May 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Crouse Hospital Small Cafeteria, the Crouse Hospital Oncology Nursing Staff invites you to Give a Spit About Cancer, a Bone Marrow Donor Drive to help patients like Alyson.
May is Oncology Nursing Awareness Month and Crouse Hospital is on a mission to help raise awareness and find the perfect bone marrow donors for patients in need such as Holly Wait, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in April of 2013 and is waiting to find the perfect bone marrow donor. She is a loving mother of two boys and supporting wife to her husband, who is a teacher in the City of Syracuse.
The donation process at the bone marrow drive is simple and should take no more than 15 minutes. Donors will be asked to complete some paperwork, followed by a quick Q-tip swab from the cheek. After participating in the Crouse Bone Marrow Donor Drive your swab will be tested and hopefully be a match for a patient in need. If your swab is identified as a match for a patient, you will be asked to continue the bone marrow donation process with the patient’s doctor who will guide you. Eligible donors are between the ages of 18 to 44, willing to donate to any patient in need and meet the health guidelines.
To learn more about eligibility requirements and health guidelines, visit the Be The Match website or contact Leesa Kelley, Community Health Outreach Manager, at 315/470-7105.