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"Be The Match" Marrow Donor Drive in downtown SF on Thu 1/6/11

This majority of this blog posting is courtesy of Kirsten Wolberg - CIO of

It's absolutely unbelievably awesome that has set this up, and I encourage anyone reading this blog who works in San Francisco to go down to this marrow drive.  It's a wonderfully selfless thing to do, and  the life you save, could be mine!

I will post another entry tomorrow with an update from my recent UCSF visit.

I will kick its ass,


Start the New Year off right – save a life!  That's right, you can save a life and possibly be a match for a employee who needs your help.
In early November an employee was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and now needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.  In an effort to help find a donor, we're hosting a Be The Match Marrow Registry (BTM) drive this week and we NEED you (and any family, friend, neighbor willing to participate) to come out and join the registry.  You could be the one to save the life of a patient in desperate need, so PLEASE consider joining!
And remember, this drive is for everyone – you do not need to be a SFDC employee to join the registry – encourage everyone you know to come too!
The more people we get registered the greater the chance of finding a match.  It's quick – a little paperwork – a cotton swab swipe of your cheek and BAM, you're done.  No blood draw, no needles.  You CAN do this.  We NEED you to do this.  Just imagine how awesome it would be to save a life.

SFDC Employees: Thursday, 1/6/11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ One California, 5th floor, Manoa 2 Conference Room
Unbadged Friends/Family/Public:  Thursday, 1/6/11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ One Market Landmark Atrium

To make your experience as quick and easy as possible, please:
1.     Review the requirements below to confirm that you are eligible to join.
2.     Bring your driver’s license to the drive.
3.     Bring the names, phone numbers, mailing addresses and e-mail address of two family members or friends who do not live with you. The BTM registry will contact these people only if you are identified as a potential match for a patient and they cannot reach you.
4.     Financial donations will be accepted. If you are unable to join the registry, please consider making a donation of any amount. All donations are tax deductable. Donations are completely voluntary. Checks can be made to: BE THE MATCH FOUNDATION or online at Give checks or cash to the Be The match Representative on the day of the marrow drive or to Chuck Gutro.
 To join the Registry, all you need is to:

Learn more on the Be The Match You Tube Channel:

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!


  1. John, I'm already registered in the Bone Marrow database, but I'll be helping with the registration at the One California event for SFDC employees.

    I signed up for the registry about ten years ago when a colleague of my wife was diagnosed with leukemia. At the time a large registration effort was done, and he was fortunate to find a good match. Last I heard he's still in remission and back at his research career. Here's the archive of the site he set up during his search for a bone marrow donor -- Alan Needs Your Bone Marrow!

  2. Just wanted to know if we are not in the US - is there a process we could go to a local hospital and forward the results to the Registry ?


  3. Hey, JG,

    The donor drive is such a great idea. I've been registered in the marrow donor database for a couple of years now.



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