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April 16 bone marrow registry drive at Hospital of Central Connecticut

[April 12 2012] - Joining in the first-ever Hartford HealthCare Be the Match bone marrow registry drive, The Hospital of Central Connecticut will host a Monday, April 16 drive to help give hope to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases.

Seventy percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don't have a donor in their family. The Be the Match program is a national registry, which, for more than 20 years, has helped thousands of patients receive the transplants they need.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut's drive will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St., Lecture Room 1.

To join the registry, you need to be between the ages of 18 and 60; be willing to donate to any patient in need; meet the health guidelines; and keep your contact information current with BeTheMatch.org.

At the drive you will be asked to complete a registration form with your contact information, health history and signed agreement to join, and have your cheek swabbed so your tissue type can be determined. Registrants are asked to bring their insurance card, as most health insurance carriers will cover tissue typing and processing fees.

For more information, call Cancer Connect at 860.545.6000 or visit www.hartfordhealthcare.org/bethematch .