‘Be the Match’ hosts pop-up event for potential bone marrow donors

The team with ‘Be the Match’ hosted a pop-up event today at the Ocean Springs Hospital to help find some potential bone marrow donors.

The organization hosted the event in honor of a friend of a Singing River employee who is suffering from cancer.

Employees, guests, and patients were able to step up to the table where they were given cotton swabs to rub on their cheeks. These swabs will then be tested to see if the potential donor is a match with a patient in need.

While some think the process of donating bone marrow is painful, it’s actually quite the opposite. Be the Match Recruitment Coordinator Te’Air Douglas said, “When people hear the word bone marrow, they automatically freak out like it’s this big painful thing, and it’s not like that anymore so 85 percent of our donation process is done through PBSC so it’s very similar to donating blood. A lot of people don’t know that, so it’s not like it is in the movies and it takes less than 30-45 minutes to do so.”

If you would like to learn more on how to register visit bethematch.org.

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