Event Addresses Local Blood Shortage and Search to Save the Life of a Local Child in Need of Bone Marrow Match
The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer clinic, has announced it will hold its “Save The Summer Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry” on Friday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the C4K campus at One Breakthrough Way in Summerlin. The Vitalant Bloodmobile will be in front of the C4K building, near Town Center Drive and the 215 Beltway.
C4K recognizes how important it is to have an adequate blood supply and diverse bone marrow registry, especially since both impact the health of C4K patients. Many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically reduced the available supply of blood throughout Southern Nevada.
“We are excited to hold this event to collect life-saving blood for the community,” said Kat Salkanovic, director of patient experience at C4K. “In addition, we are making a plea to the greater Las Vegas community to come and register for the Bone Marrow Registry so we can find a match for one of our patients who is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant.”
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is partnering with Be The Match Registry®. A major goal of the event is to find a bone marrow match for Adrian, who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for a second time and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is desperately calling out to the Hispanic community to help save Adrian’s life.
Anyone who would like to donate blood must make an appointment first by contacting Vitalant at bloodhero.com, using code “Cure4Kids” or call 877-258-4825.
Blood donation reminders include:
• Blood donors must be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian)
• Weigh at least 110 pounds
• Be in good general health
• Drink plenty of water 24 to 48 hours prior to donation
• Bring ID
The first step in joining the free marrow registry is to undergo a mouth swab. Those who are a possible match will be contacted at a later time.
Bone Marrow Registry reminders include:
• Donors between 18 and 44 years of age are especially needed
• You cannot become a donor if you have had certain diseases
• Learn more at join.bethematch.org
About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure patients are getting the best care possible. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation increases access to specialized treatments that improve patient outcomes. Its Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding-scale basis. No patient is ever turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit their website.