Be The Match

For the past 32 years, Dr. Rodney Barnes has been helping others as a family physician in Lawrence. Now he needs help. Five years ago Dr. Barnes was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

To help him and others find a match, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Medical Staff is hosting a Marrow Registry Drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, in the LMH Auditorium, 325 Maine.

Testing is very easy and requires a cheek swab and 10-15 minutes of paperwork. Requirements to join the national registry include be between the ages of 18 and 60, willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines, including a body mass index of 40 or less.

Upon being tested, you are automatically added to the national bone marrow registry, which means that until age 61, or upon your request, you are listed as a possible donor for anyone in need of a bone marrow transplant. If you aren't a match for Dr. Barnes, you may be a match for someone else in need of your help.

It costs about $100 per donor, but the National Marrow Donor Program only requests $25. The LMH Medical Staff has made a commitment to help defray some of the costs of testing for this drive, so the fee will be waived for anyone wanting to register.

For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, visit For more information about the April 29 Marrow Registry event at LMH, call Dr. Sherri Vaughn at (785) 505-2976. Be the one to save a life!

Tagged: National Marrow Donor Program, bone marrow transplant, leukemia


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