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St. Anthony Community Hospital to Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive This Friday, April 26

St. Anthony Community Hospital to Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive This Friday, April 26

WARWICK – (April 19) - Leukemia is a random killer. It can strike any one of us at any time. But for
many, there is hope of a cure through a bone marrow, blood stem cell or umbilical cord blood transplant. In fact, one in 200 Americans will receive such a transplant in their lifetime.

This Friday, April 26. St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will host a Bone Marrow Registry Drive for Gift of Life in the main lobby from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and in general good health, meet the guidelines and willing to donate to any patient, at any time, worldwide.

Gift of Life is an associate donor registry of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and an accredited registry by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA).

Over 18,000 people in the United States are in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Every year 3, 000 people die waiting for a transplant. “If this drive increases the chances of finding a match for even one individual,” said Nikki Weiss, a technologist at St. Anthony Community Hospital who organized the event. “it will be well worth the effort.”

Weiss, who once registered with Gift of Life, was recently told she was a potential match for a man in need of a bone marrow transplant. Although a better match was found, she was thrilled to have been called. “What can possibly be more rewarding than having the opportunity to give someone a second chance at life,” she said.

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About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.
The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.


 

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