Could you be the match? Donors sought for bone marrow registry

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A life-saving effort is underway in Huntsville.  The Be the Match donor drive began Tuesday morning, seeking to add more potential donors to the national bone marrow registry.

While about 30 percent of patients with a blood cancer can find a matching donor in their families, 70 percent must rely on the registry for a match.  The goal is to register 300 people during the two-day event.

Image: Bethematch.org

Image: Bethematch.org

The registration process is painless and relatively fast, taking only about 10 minutes.  Potential donors are asked to complete some paperwork and then undergo a cheek swab.

The Be the Match drive continues Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are three locations: the UAH College of Nursing, the University Center Exhibit Hall and Clearview Cancer Institute.

You must be between the ages of 18 and 44 to register and in good health.

If you match a patient in need of donation, the patient's insurance will pay all medical expenses.  The Be the Match registry will cover any necessary travel costs.