It's not too late to save a life—become a bone marrow donor today! This fall, be part of the annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive. Join the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry as a bone marrow donor. Registration is easy.
Race tracks nationwide have teamed up with the Hendrick Marrow Program and NMDP, the NASCAR Foundation and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation to match donors with patients in need. You'll also be able to register at the 2008 SEMA Show.
During this special trackside and online campaign ending Monday, September 22, 2008, the Nationwide Foundation and the Hendrick Marrow Program are covering costs for volunteers who join at a participating track or online.
Here are three easy ways you can join the NMDP Registry:
- sign up at this weekend's Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
- join online at the NMDP website to receive a tissue-typing kit that you can do at home (click this sentence to link to the site)
- sign up at the 2008 SEMA Show where the association will have a registration booth.
To become a bone marrow donor is easy. People ages 18–60 in general good health will fill out a short questionnaire, and a medical professional takes a small swab of cheek cells to determine tissue type. This information is added to the National Marrow Donor Program registry.
The NMDP is the hub of a worldwide network of more than 500 leading medical facilities. More than 260 patients receive marrow or blood cell transplants through this network each month.
Your financial contribution helps add donors to the NMDP Registry and assists patients financially. CLICK HERE to make a financial contribution now.