You have the power to save a life.
That was the message of hope offered by Mauricio Murillo, from the Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc., when he visited our College of Nursing, in Lake Mary, Florida, on August 13, 2012.
Mr. Murillo addressed a large group of nursing students to inform them of the importance of bone marrow donation and to encourage them to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry, also known as the Be The Match® Registry.
A group of 32 nursing students signed up for the Registry during the drive, held in the College of Nursing’s library during the lunch period.
About the Foundation
The Icla da Silva Foundation was established in 1992 in memory of 13-year-old Icla da Silva, a Brazilian girl who succumbed to leukemia while awaiting a bone marrow donor. The Foundation is the largest recruitment center for the Be The Match Registry in the United States and recruits more than 38,000 new potential bone marrow donors every year, with a strong focus on minority communities.
How to Join the Registry
It’s easy to join the Be The Match Registry: You complete a form listing your contact information and medical history, followed by collecting a simple swab of the inside of your cheek, done with a large cotton swab. This provides the Foundation with enough information to know whether you are a genetic match for someone in need of a transplant.
Thousands of patients hope for a bone marrow donor who can make their life-saving transplant possible. They depend on people like you. For more information on how you can join the Registry, and for the answers to frequently asked questions about the process, visit marrow.org.