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From: Cherokee Link Newsletter Friday, July 25, 2003 **************************

A special Message From the Red Cross who received a phone call about an individual that has Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is in desperate need of a marrow transplant. He is critical right now so time is of the essence. A search of the registry has been conducted, and no match was found, but frequent registry searches will continue to be done. His race is Cherokee and European. Because he is of Cherokee descent, his chances of finding a match are very slim due to the under-representation of American Indians on the registry.
The Red Cross would like to put out a plea to the Cherokee communities, and other Native American communities, to sign up for the registry. If you would like to help, please contact the American Red Cross at: (918) 249-9988.

Carole Connor, RN
Program Manager, Bone Marrow Department
+ American Red Cross
Southwest Region Blood Services
Phone: (918) 249-9988
Cell: (918) 671-6233
Fax: (918) 461-9846


Also received following email earlier in the day.

To anyone who can help

I have a friend who needs your help. Her son (1/2 Navajo and 1/2 Anglo) has a rare blood disease and needs help from the Native American community. I am enclosing the press release and contact information for the nearest blood center to you, so that hopefully there can be a bone marrow drive at the next powwow in your community.

If you are successful at being able to host a drive, please let me know so we can update Dakota's website with the dates and times. [webmaster note: awaiting the URL for this website from sender of email]

Thank You,

Name, address and phone number withheld from Web page for Privacy Protection.

To locate the Blood Center or Bone Marrow Center nearest you, for information and assistance about registering, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543 ) or enter your Zipcode on this webpage - left column, "Find Your Local Red Cross."

Feel free to copy and email any or all of the above.

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