Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute sponsoring bone marrow registry drive Sept. 16, 17, 2015

September 09, 2015 By Hartford HealthCare

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) is sponsoring a Sept. 16 and 17 bone marrow registry drive in New Britain and Meriden with Be The Match Registry and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Chapter.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 the drive will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at HHCCI at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, 183 North Mountain Road, New Britain; and from noon to 3 p.m. in Lecture Room 2 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St., New Britain.

On Thursday, Sept. 17 the drive will be held 2 to 4:30 p.m. at HHCCI at MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden at the Horwitz Conference Center, Rooms II and III.

Every year more than 14,000 patients suffer from a variety of bone marrow functioning diseases including leukemia and lymphoma and need a bone marrow transplant for survival.

At the drive, a painless and quick swab of your cheek is taken and completion of the paperwork will put you on the national registry. You are contacted only if you are found to be a match for a patient. To register you must be between the ages of 18-44, in generally good health and willing to donate to any patient in need. For more information, call 203.694.8631 or visit https://bethematch.org/.

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) offers cancer patients across Connecticut a single standard of world-class care based on superior clinical expertise, compassion and support for patients and access to leading-edge advances in technology, clinical research and protocols. The Institute is the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a pioneering partnership established to bring the very latest advances in cancer research and treatment to broader populations of patients and communities. The HHCCI includes the cancer centers at Backus Hospital, Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center, The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Windham Hospital.