Thursday, November 17, 2016

Loyola Medical Students Conducting Bone Marrow Drive

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is hosting a student-led drive November 29 to sign up potential donors for life-saving bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants.

The drive will be held at two locations on the Loyola campus at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood: the Loyola Center for Fitness from noon to 6 pm and the second floor atrium of Stritch School of Medicine from noon to 3 pm.

The drive is being conducted, for the second year in a row, by first-year medical students. Members of the Loyola community, along with the general public, are invited to register to become potential donors. The drive is open to adults ages 18 to 55.

Every three minutes in the United States, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. While 30 percent of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70 percent—nearly 14,000 each year—must rely on a donation from an altruistic stranger.

Registering requires a simple cheek swab. People who sign up are listed anonymously on the Be The Match Registry® operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. If and when a person on the registry matches a patient, that person will be asked to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. The patient then undergoes a transplant that replaces the patient’s unhealthy blood stem cells with healthy cells from the donor.

The drive is being conducted with DKMS, an international non-profit organization that has registered more than six million potential donors worldwide.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.