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Memorial Health System Hosts Bone Marrow and Blood Drive

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2009

Liam was only 4-months-old when he started running a fever. His parents spent months going from specialist to specialist, trying to figure out why their baby continued to run a fever.

“When Liam turned one, he got really sick and we took him to The Children’s Hospital in Denver where they diagnosed HLH, a rare blood disorder in which your immune system doesn’t shut down,” said his dad, Chris.

The only cure for HLH is a bone marrow transplant. Out of the millions of registered bone marrow donors, none are currently a match for Liam. While 16-month-old Liam waits for a match, he is in isolation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy.

In honor of Liam, Memorial Health System is hosting a bone marrow and blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. on June 10th at the Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak.

Becoming a bone marrow donor is a painless process (a cotton swab inside your cheek) that may save someone’s life, perhaps Liam’s. A fee is sometimes attached to become a registered bone marrow donor (up to $52) but registration is free for everyone at this event.

In the United States, 65 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only five percent do. A single blood donation can save three lives, and every 90 seconds someone is in need of a blood transfusion.

For more information on this blood drive, questions about the blood donation process or bone marrow donation, please contact the Memorial Health System Blood Donor Center at (719) 365-5411.

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For more information, please contact the Memorial Health System Public Relations office at (719) 365-5235.