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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bone Marrow Transplant program seeking your help

The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program sent us this. Mark your calendar for April 12 to help save a life. 76’s Louis Williams Partners with Eastern PA Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program to host Bone Marrow Donor Drive The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced today that Louis Williams, point guard for the Philadelphia 76’ers, and The Lou Williams Foundation will be hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive in support of LLS and the close to one million currently touched by blood cancer. The event will be hosted at Temple University in conjunction with the Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program and DKMS. Every year more than 10,000 men, women and children are in need of a bone marrow transplant. Only 30% of patients will find a suitable genetic match donor among family. 70% of all patients in need of a donor must hope to find a compatible match through international donor registries. “Only four out of 10 patients will receive the transplant that can save their lives due to the limited donors. We thank Louis and the Lou Williams Foundation for creating awareness for this crucial need,” says Ilana Benyosef, LLS Patient Services Manager. “I have a little cousin with leukemia. When I looked into his eyes, I knew I needed to make a difference," says Louis Williams. The drive will take place on April 12, 2011 from 12:00-4:30pm at The Learning Center at Temple University Health System located at 2450 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. The event is open to the public with no appointment necessary, free onsite parking and cost-free testing. “Many people don’t realize that the test for a donor match takes less a minute and involves a simple cotton swab of your mouth,” says Benyosef. “We encourage as many people as possible to take an hour of their day to stop by and get tested. This simple test can mean a possible match – and a life saved.” The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research and providing education and patient services. LLS is currently investing $19 million in research grants through several leading cancer treatment centers in Greater Philadelphia. LLS provides a range of services for patients and families including support groups, direct patient financial aid and co-pay assistance. For more information on the Bone Marrow Drive or The Eastern PA Chapter of LLS, please call Ilana Benyosef, Patient Services Manager, at 610-238-0360 or visit


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