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The mission of LifeShare Blood Centers is to provide quality blood, blood components and related services for use by patients in an efficient, cost effective basis.
LifeShare's Marrow Donor Program is an affiliate of the national organization Be The Match. We work with patients battling blood and bone cancers/disorders like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Many of these patients can be cured with a stem cell or marrow transplant, but they must have a matching donor. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family, so they rely on Be The Match to help them find a stranger that is willing to donate to save their life!
LifeShare's Marrow Donor Program conducts Be The Match registration events in North Louisiana. At these events, donors fill out a donor consent/contact form, then swab the inside of their mouth with cheek swabs.
The paperwork and swabs are sent in to the national registry for testing and listing in the database that is searchable by transplant centers world-wide.