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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Save Jennifer Jones-Austin

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Dec 24, 2009
A fellow Rutgers Alum is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and we ask that you please read the following and forward to EVERYONE you know. More importantly, please consider becoming a registered donor.

Jennifer Jones-Austin has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Her chances of surviving the disease are slim unless she can undergo a bone marrow transplant within the next few months. In addition to our prayers, Jen and her family need our immediate actions to ensure her survival. A few minutes and a simple cheek swab is all that is needed to determine if you can save a person's life. Note that if a match is identified, the donation process is as simple as giving blood - it no longer requires a surgical procedure. Please help us to save Jennifer and many others suffering with similar life-threatening illnesses.

Much help is needed to reach as many people as possible to raise awareness about how easy it can be to save a life and ask them to be tested. The Be The Match Registry is in great need of registered donors, especially those of African and Hispanic descent. What many people don't realize is that today's medical technology allows testing of potential donors as well as actual transplants with little disruption to the life of the donor(s). Testing is as simple as a swab of the inside of the cheek. The actual donor process is as simple as giving blood. The donor gives blood from an arm; a machine separates the blood-forming cells and returns the blood to the donor through the other arm.

To help Jennifer, please register, if eligible, and encourage others to register as well. Registering is as simple as going online to http://join.marrow.org/JJA1068. Note that the "promo code" is JJA1068. You can receive an at-home testing kit without charge.

Here's the challenge and opportunity in front of us:

Unfortunately, because African Americans and Hispanics are dramatically underrepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registries, while the Caucasian population has a 92+% chance of finding a match in the Registry, Jen and other members of minority groups only have significantly less than half of that chance in finding a match in the current pool of donors recorded in the Registry in order to survive. Recent statistical research indicates that there are more than 5 Million Caucasian registrants and only about 500K registrants of African descent. However, if we push really hard, fast and use our networks to get folks educated, mobilized and registered, we could not only save Jennifer's life but also save the lives of many others across the country.

Every person matters. Even if you don't match with Jennifer, you may match another and help save a life.

4 important points to remember and convey about how easy it may be to save Jen's life and other lives:

  1. As stated above, all that is needed is a Cheek Swab to determine if you are a match for Jen or others.
  2. Because of the progress of medicine and technology, donating bone marrow simply requires a blood donation. There is no longer a need for a surgical procedure to extract bone marrow.
  3. Potential donors (individuals between 18 and 60 years of age) can either attend a drive or click the link above to go online and have a kit set to their home, swab their own cheek and send it in for processing.
  4. Finally and most importantly - Please keep Jen and her family in your prayers.

Please visit www.savejenaustin.com or “Save Jennifer Austin” on Facebook for more information about Jen and how you can get involved.

References/Citations

http://www.savejenaustin.com/

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