FRAMINGHAM – Tomorrow, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Be The Match foundation will be holding a bone marrow drive at the Framingham Police station.
The Foundation is looking for a bone marrow donor for a Nayelis, a 5-year old girl of hispanic background, who has leukemia.
Individuals ages 18 to 44, who are interested in becoming a donor, can stop by the Framingham Police Station to be tested.
If you are a match for Nayelis, or another person needing bone marrow, 90 percent of the donations will go through a non-surgical procedure.
The non-surgical procedure takes place a at a local Red Cross. Blood is removed from one arm and passed through a machine that separates out white blood cells. The white blood cells are then given to the cancer patient. The individual’s blood is then returned to them through their other arm.
About 10 percent of the time, a surgical procedure is needed for a bone marrow donor. While under anesthesia doctors collect marrow from the back of the pelvic bone and then provide the marrow to the needed individual.