From Kristin Deuber

September 9, 2016

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Dr. James Essell, OHC oncologist and hematologist; Medical Director of The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Blood Cancer Center.

This month is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates 171,550 people in the U.S. this year are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.

Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes, and other parts of the lymphatic system. According to the ACS:

  • Approximately every three minutes, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer
  • An estimated combined total of 171,550 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma in 2016
  • New cases of leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are expected to account for 10.2 percent of the estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016
  • An estimated 1,237,824 people in the U.S. are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma
  • Approximately every nine minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents approximately 160 people each day or more than six people every hour

OHC has joined forces with Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, to host a registry donor drive in support of Blood Cancer Awareness Month on Sept. 14, 2016.

“For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases such as aplastic anemia, marrow transplantation may be their best chance for life,” said Dr. James Essell, OHC oncologist and hematologist and Medical Director of The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Blood Cancer Center. “Patients are searching for a cure. That cure could be you!”

be-the-match-ages-18-44Be The Match Registry Drive will be hosted at:

DATE: September 14, 2016
TIME:  3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LOCATION: OHC Wilmington Office, 78 West Locust Street, Wilmington, OH 45177
AGES: Donors should be ages 18 to 44
COST: There is NO CHARGE to participate

Participants will have their cheek cells swabbed. Then, a tissue type will be conducted from the sample to identify a possible match. “This simple cell collection could save the life of someone fighting a blood cancer,” notes Dannielle Moore, Be The Match representative for Southern Ohio and Kentucky.

When an individual joins the Be The Match Registry, they are listed on the registry until the age of 61. The chances of being a match are about 1 in 430.

About 70 percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 66-97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity.

For additional questions about the upcoming donor drive or future drives, please contact Dannielle Moore at (877) 601-1926 x7743.

1a-be_the_match-you_could_be_the_cureAbout Be The Match

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years, Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

If you would like to join the Be The Match Registry, you can call (877) 601-1926 ext. 7743; email Dannie Moore at; or join online here. Use promo code SAVE2MATCH16 and a kit will be mailed out 3 to 5 business days.

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