University of Iowa News Release
Sept. 4, 2003
Quad City Restaurant To Sponsor Benefit And Marrow Drive
Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor will hold a marrow donor drive in conjunction with a fundraising benefit for Anthony Cimarrusti and his family, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Christ the King Church on 60th Street in Moline, Ill. The public is invited to participate.
The Iowa Marrow Donor Program seeks committed volunteers, ages 18 to 60 and in good health. When joining the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, a person's tissue type becomes registered as part of the Iowa and National Marrow Donor Programs' registries. Once registered, a volunteer may be called upon to donate marrow or blood stem cells to a person needing a transplant to fight a life-threatening disease. Registration is easy, requiring completion of a simple consent form and a small blood sample.
Each year, more than 30,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with diseases treatable by a stem cell transplant. Of the patients needing to receive healthy stem cells from someone else, only 30 percent have a suitable family match, leaving the additional 70 percent to rely on unrelated donors.
The Iowa Marrow Donor Program was created in 1981 and became affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program in 1991. On average, 25-30 donors are called to donate each year from the Iowa Marrow Donor Program's registry of 19,920 persons, and many more are called for further testing. Approximately 2,000 people join the Iowa and national registries each year through the Iowa Marrow Donor Program.
For more information about the donor drive or to receive application forms, call the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at 800-944-8220 or locally at 319-356-3337. For more information regarding the benefit, please contact Kristel Whitty-Ersan, marketing director for Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlors, at 563-332-8811, extension 203. For more information regarding the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, please contact Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, by e-mail at email@example.com. Information about the program can be found online at www.iowamarrow.org.
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