Delete Blood Cancer and Cincinnati Reds host Bone Marrow Donor Drive – Aug 7
On Friday, August 7th, Delete Blood Cancer and the Cincinnati Reds will host a bone marrow donor drive at Great American Ball Park for community members to learn more about the process and get registered as potential lifesavers.
The drive will be held from 10am to 6pm the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at GABP. (enter ballpark by HOF gates)
The Delete Blood Cancer team and local volunteers will be onsite to help participants fill out the registration form and swab the inside of their mouth to determine if they are a match for a patient in need.
Registration is simple and takes less than five minutes. Individuals between the ages of 18 to 55 in good health are eligible to participate. Anyone who cannot attend the drive can register online www.DeleteBloodCancer.org.
Cincinnati Reds season ticket sales manager Chris Herrell was battling myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2013 and his prognosis was grim. His doctors confirmed that his only hope for survival and a normal life was through a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Despite difficult odds, Chris’s hope became a reality when he received the news that a matching donor had been found – in Germany.
This week Chris finally met his donor, Jens Wagner, and on Wednesday, August 5th, had the honor of taking him onto the field at Great American Ball Park before the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals game, where Jens threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Jens, who registered in Germany with Delete Blood Cancer nearly 15 years ago, said he never could have expected it would lead to this.
When asked why he decided to donate to someone he’d never met halfway around the world he responded simply, “If somebody out there needs your help there is no question, you just do it.”
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS is a global organization with the mission to grow the number of suitable bone marrow and blood stem cell donors for patients in need. With more than 5 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide, Delete Blood Cancer is part of the world’s largest network of donor centers. The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to increase awareness and help patients battling blood cancer by hosting a bone marrow drive on campus.