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Campaign Will Help Register Young People for the National Be The Match® Marrow Registry
NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Nat Wolff, star of "Palo Alto" and "The Fault in Our Stars," announce they are joining forces for "Give a Spit," a campaign that aims to get more young people to join the Be The Match Registry to help find matches for patients seeking a life-saving bone marrow match.
Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children and adolescents younger than 20 years. Patients with Leukemia and other types of blood cancers rely on life-saving bone marrow transplants, yet according to Be The Match®, only 30% of patients who need a bone marrow donation can find a match within their family and the other 70% rely on complete strangers. A transplant is most successful with donors 18-44, with donors age 18-24 in highest demand.
The campaign in partnership with Be The Match®, is now in its fourth year. Young people can sign up to receive a free swab kit at DoSomething.org/spit.
"I'm excited to partner with DoSomething.org to help encourage young people to swab their cheeks and sign up for the Be The Match registry. It's easy and free, and could potentially save someone's life," said Wolff.
"In the past three years, young people across the country have saved 20 lives through bone marrow donor matches from the Give a Spit campaign," said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. "We're thrilled to work with Nat to encourage more young people to join the registry and we hope that and we hope that his fans across the country sign up to swab their cheek to potentially save a life."
For more information, please visit dosomething.org/spit.
DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest orgs for young people and social change, our 2.5 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop
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